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by Paul on 02/26/12 at 11:10 PM ET
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Just talked with Boston GM Peter Chiarelli as he left his Causeway St. office for the day, and while acknowledging the trade market is slow, he remains cautiously optimistic that he can add a roster player or two prior to the NHL’s trade deadline at 3 p.m. (ET) Monday.
His targets: a forward who can play on one of coach Claude Julien’s top three lines, and a defenseman capable of logging valuable minutes among the backline six pack.
‘‘I think those deals are there to do,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘You’re never sure, but….I’d like to be further along in some of these discussions, down to the short strokes, but yes, right now, I think we are getting closer and there are one or two deals we could close.’‘
Asked if clubs were requesting that Chiarelli give up picks and/or prospects, or whether he might have to part with a current roster player, the GM said, ‘‘I’ve been clear in telling people I’ve talked to that I don’t want to move anyone off our roster.’‘
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