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Bruins Trade Rumors 2012: Boston Changes Course, Looks To Make Splash Before Deadline

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters earlier this month that he was primarily focused on making "depth" moves prior to the 2012 NHL trade deadline. League sources told that he has since changed course, and is now looking to make an impact move before Monday.

Chiarelli's initial comments came before the Bruins went 4-6 in February, and suffered injuries to Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley. Boston has $13.2 million in cap space to work with, though the pickings are somewhat slim this season. Rick Nash and Jeff Carter are the biggest names on the market, but the Columbus Blue Jackets would likely want a goaltender in return, something Boston isn't likely to give up.

Other options include forwards Ales Hemsky, Milan Hejduk, and Kyle Okposo, and defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky, Jaroslav Spacek, and Johnny Oduya. It remains to be seen whether the Bruins can make up for lost time in negotiations.

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