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Interest In Chris Stewart

10/26/2014 at 7:43am EDT

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

As first reported by TSN, the Bruins have been chasing Chris Stewart as a replacement for Jarome Iginla. The wide-shouldered forward scored 15 goals for St. Louis last season before he was shipped to Buffalo in the Ryan Miller trade.

Several factors, however, stand in the Bruins’ way of acquiring the free agent-to-be: cost and competition.

Buffalo GM Tim Murray is hungry for draft picks. Murray’s wish list would include Philadelphia’s 2015 second-round pick, which the Bruins received from the Islanders as part of the Johnny Boychuk trade....

Through seven games, the Flyers were 2-3-2 while allowing 3.71 goals per game. Part of that is on Steve Mason (.878 save percentage after five starts). But the goalie’s defense has not played with structure. They’re without MacDonald and Braydon Coburn, who are out for the next four weeks because of lower-body injuries. Points will be hard to come by for the Flyers. Their second-round pick could be in the low 30s.

The Bruins also have company in the Stewart hunt, just within the division. Ottawa has been interested in Stewart before. The Senators could use a No. 2 right wing (formerly Ales Hemsky) behind Bobby Ryan. Tim Murray was formerly an assistant in Ottawa to GM Bryan Murray, who is his uncle. Tim Murray knows the Ottawa system firsthand.

Columbus could also enter the mix.

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