Bruins limp toward trade deadline

March, 3, 2010
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BOSTON -- Let the countdown begin to Wednesday afternoon's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

And don't envy Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli's position, as he has to determine if his team should be a buyer or stand pat. Luckily for the players that want to stay in Boston, Chiarelli probably won't let Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to Montreal at TD Garden be a referendum on what he should do. If that were the case, no one would be safe.

After the Bruins squandered a 1-0 third-period lead and registered just one shot on net after the 9:25 mark of the period, most of the players toed the company line, saying the team as presently constituted is good enough.

"We know we have a team here that can definitely compete in the playoffs and do some damage," said winger Michael Ryder, echoing his teammates' responses to a question about whether the Bruins need to make a trade. "It's not up to us now. We have to play with what we have here and if something happens, something happens. But I think we definitely have the talent and the team here that can go far in the playoffs."

To read the rest of Matt Kalman's column, click here.

Matt Kalman

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade.

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