Rumors I: Leafs, Bruins, Kings and Flames
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli continues to look for at least one quality forward that is affordable. Players who could be good fits for the Bruins include Drew Stafford, Brad Boyes, Antoine Vermette and Martin Erat.
  • The Fourth Period: Scouting the Kings and Bruins on Saturday: Sabres (2), Flames (2) and Maple Leafs (2), Predators and Hurricanes.
  • Aaron Vickers of The Flames hold one of the wild-card spots, but they are not going to lose focus on their long-term plan.

    “The great part of this game is the emotion that it brings out,” Treliving said. “The feel good stories of the team and it’s great to be around town and people are excited and they come to the building and are excited. You want to do something to help so you’re always looking at a way to give your team a boost as you go down the stretch but you don’t want it to come back to cost you down the road. That’s the balancing act that you look at.

    “You have to pull back on emotion a lot of the times. You have to do the work in terms of finding out if there are things that can help you at a reasonable cost. Getting caught up in something that feels good for a very short period of time but can hurt for a very long period of time, those are things we want to stay away from.”

    On their own pending free agent that could bring in future assets.

    “Now’s the time we’re going to look at those and see where we’re going to go with it,” Treliving said. “With the trade deadline approaching it does put somewhat of a focus on those types of players. As seen in prior years and with prior teams, the fact that a player isn’t signed by the deadline and isn’t dealt at the deadline doesn’t necessarily mean that that player can’t be signed after. We’re going to evaluate and continue to evaluate each situation independently and see where we get to as we get to the deadline and beyond.”

    Treliving is exploring the trade market daily.

    “You also have to be cognizant of the present and I think any manager will tell you if your team is there you’d always like to help them,” he said. “It’s a balancing act. We’re looking at things. Would we like to strengthen our team down the stretch? Sure we would. It always comes back to the cost, the acquisition cost.

    “If there are things that may be able to help us at a reasonable price then those are things that we will and have look at now.”