Let's Take a Look Back...
12:10 p.m. - With less than three hours until the 3:00 p.m. cut-off, and as we await another update from GM Peter Chiarelli, let's take a look back at recent trades surrounding the deadline during the Chiarelli era in Boston, and particularly the key acquisitions that played a role in the 2011 Stanley Cup. This isn't meant to be a precursor of what's to come, but a mere perspective on what has been done on the always highly anticipated day that has impacted the spoked-B...
February 28, 2011
The most important trades surrounding the 2011 deadline were the ones that happened in the lead-up to the day. On February 15, Chiarelli announced that the Bruins had acquired center Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators for a 2011 second-round draft pick (Shane Prince). As many deals often are, this one had been worked on for months, with Chiarelli initially uncomfortable with Ottawa's asking price for a second-round pick.
"The price for Kells did not change and was not going to change as we waited," he remarked after the trade.
Three days later, on February 18, Boston acquired the versatile Rich Peverley from the now-defunct Atlanta Thrashers (along with Boris Valabik) for Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler. Then, prospect Joe Colborne and two draft picks were sent to Toronto for defenseman Tomas Kaberle. All three deals had been intertwined, as the Peverley trade needed to happen in order to clear enough cap space to bring in Kaberle.
While Kaberle is no longer with the B's, the 2011 Cup speaks for itself, and the fact that two main pieces - Kelly and Peverley - are still an important part of Boston's core.
Lost in the shuffle at the time may have been the acquisition on Deadline Day of goaltender Anton Khudobin from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen. Now serving as a strong complement to Tuukka Rask as the B's goalie tandem through the compact shortened season, his value is in full effect.
March 3, 2010
Two trades went down on the 2010 trade deadline of March 3, one involving a prospect, and one involving a main component in the Bruins' D-corp and an up-and-comer who's beginning to find his groove.
Chiarelli moved Derek Morris to Phoenix for a 2011 third-round draft pick, which ended up being OHL breakout Anthony Camara with the Barrie Colts, who tallied career highs in goals, assists and points this season with 36-24=60 totals.
The B's GM also picked up defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and Tampa Bay's 2010 second-round draft pick (Alexander Petrovic). Though Seidenberg was injured shortly after that acquisition, in the time following, he has been a major part of the B's back end.
Bartkowski may have been a lesser name at the time, but the recent Iginla almost-trade has pushed his name more into the spotlight. And more so in years past, the call-up who has been with Boston since March 22, according to both Chiarelli and Coach Julien, is looking much more comfortable on NHL ice.
March 4, 2009
Through a move that paid dividends on and off the ice, in every aspects of the B's game, and especially for the younger players on the team, Chiarelli brought in Mark Recchi from the Tampa Bay Lightning (along with a 2010 second-round pick which was later traded to Florida in the deal that brought in Seidenberg) in exchange for Matt Lashoff and Martin Karsums.
"I just want to tell everybody how excited I am to be part of the Boston Bruins organization," Recchi said after joining Boston. "And I am looking forward to being a piece of the puzzle to help this team be successful."
And that he did….
Ranging from immediate impacts, to prospects down the road, to draft picks acquired and used in future deals, it's always interesting to think of the implications any one deal could have on the future….