Bruins Trade Rumors 2012: B's Targeting Forward, Defenseman Before Monday Trade Deadline

With just under 24 hours until the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, the Boston Bruins, like many other contending teams, are scrambling to find some players that could help their team. For the B's, they've been connected to names such as Rick Nash, the most sought after trade target, to Dustin Brown, who looks to be on the outs in Los Angeles after the Kings acquired Jeff Carter.

According to James Murphy of ESPN Boston and Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe, GM Peter Chiarelli is seeking both a forward and a defenseman before Monday's deadline comes and goes. Sources tell Murphy the B's are taking a long look at three Colorado Avalanche forwards and a "puck moving defenseman". Murphy opines a guy like Lubomir Visnovsky of the Anaheim Ducks as a possibility. More from Murphy:

Meanwhile, a source told ESPN.com Sunday that the Bruins are in the market for a forward and a defenseman, and that the B's have interest in Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi and David Jones -- all three Colorado Avalanche forwards are very much in play. Winnik and Jones are UFAs July 1 while Galiardi is an RFA July 1. The Bruins have interest in possibly dealing for one of them. (via ESPN)

Dupont spoke with Chiarelli late Sunday afternoon to talk about the team's needs and what could be addressed before Monday's deadline. Chiarelli confirmed that his two big targets are both a forward and defeseman but wouldn't break up the core of the team in any deal.

'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.'

'I've been clear in telling people I've talked to that I don't want to move anyone off our roster.'' (via Boston Globe)

In pure speculation, Dupont believes the B's could be looking for a deal to acquire a former player in forward Samuel Pahlsson of the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes defender Jaroslav Spacek. But again, it's speculation. We should know more tomorrow.

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