Chiarelli eyeing free agent Alfredsson?

BOSTON -- Even as Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was putting the finishing touches on a seven-player trade with the Dallas Stars, he found time to reach out to the agent of free agent forward Daniel Alfredsson on Thursday.

With the exit of Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin, Chiarelli has interest in adding Alfredsson to the mix in Boston.

"I've spoken to his agent again today and will continue to have some dialogue," Chiarelli said.

Chiarelli and Alfredsson have a relationship, dating back to when Chiarelli was an assistant GM with the Ottawa Senators.

"Well, he's a veteran, he's a terrific leader, he's a terrific player and he does anything to win," Chiarelli said. "He's strong on the puck, he's got a terrific shot, he has a lot of good things about him."

Alfredsson has spent his entire 17-season NHL career with Ottawa.