12:25 PM - Neely Weighs in on Lightning-Rangers Trade, Bruins' Options

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 12:25 PM
Caryn Switaj  - BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - All had been quiet on the trade front Wednesday morning, until a pair of Eastern Conference teams made a deal involving captains Marty St. Louis and Ryan Callahan.

The trade sent the Lightning captain to the Rangers, with Tampa Bay acquiring Callahan, a 2015 first round pick and a conditional second round pick in 2014.

Just after noon, Bruins President Cam Neely took a few minutes in his office to share his reaction on the trade, where the Bruins sit and where he sees the market heading with less than three hours until the deadline at 3:00 p.m. ET.

"Yeah, there were some rumblings about having a difficulty signing Callahan in New York and heard some chatter that St. Louis wasn't happy in Tampa, so they got something done," said Neely.

"You know, we're still trying to get something done ourselves here. We knew going in what was available and what the options were. We also like our team and we feel like adding some depth would be nice, and making sure that we do it in the right way."

Chiarelli said earlier on Wednesday that the flurry of Tuesday deals didn't really change his expectations. But with the deal between Tampa Bay and New York that may have come as somewhat of a surprise, I asked Neely if he thought that might now loosen things up.

"Yeah, it's hard to say. I know there are still some players out there that are going to be unrestricted at the end of the year that I know teams are certainly looking at acquiring and team are looking at moving," he said.

"I think this may shake things up a little bit, but from what I gather, the prices that teams have been asking may be high and they're starting to come down a little bit because there hasn't really been a lot of movement."

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