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Possible trade options for Bruins on deadline day

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Possible trade options for Bruins on deadline day

The NHL trade deadline day has finally arrived and the Bruins are still on the clock.

Through a dearth of available, attractive players, an unwillingness to deal players off their current NHL roster and a lack of top-level prospects at the AHL level, its been a challenge for Bs general manager Peter Chiarelli.

But there are still deals to be made for the Black and Gold, and they need to get a couple of transactions done with holes along the forward and defenseman ranks. The Bruins need another right wing as insurance should either Nathan Horton or Rich Peverley have difficulty getting healthy in time for the playoffs, and an experienced extra defensemen is another roster spot that needs an upgrade.

With that in mind here are some of the best players left that could be linked with the Bruins:

Mike Knuble He made sense on many different levels for the Bruins (net-front presence, leadership and size around the net), but it appears that the Capitals wont be selling after a few wins right before the deadline. Its too bad given the limited role hes been handed in Washington.

Ryan Malone Another big body that could fill the Horton role with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, but hes got a no-movement clause and carries a contract that would heave Chiarelli heartburn. Three more years at more than a 4 million cap hit isnt what any NHL GM is looking for with a limited player that hasnt lived up to his billing in Tampa Bay this year. Hes on a pace for 17 goals and a minus-21 this season and its difficult to see things getting better at 32 years old.

David Jones, Daniel Winnik and T.J. Galiardi Jones is the most attractive of the trio of Colorado Avalanche forwards with 27 goals scored last season and on pace for another 20-goal season this year. Winnik is a former University of New Hampshire star that has carved out a decent career in Phoenix and Colorado. Galiardi is a 23-year-old that had 15 goals two years ago. None are particularly sexy names on the trade market, but there arent many of those left available for the price Boston is willing to pay.

Sheldon Souray and Michael Ryder Possibly the oddest rumors have the Bruins trying to chase down a reunion with Ryder as the Stars appear to be sellers despite sitting in playoff position. No shot of this happening with the Bruins being forced to commit to another contracted year of Ryder if they brought him back, and its still doubtful Dallas blows up their roster. Souray is intriguing and could be an option for the Bruins if theyre willing to pay that price. Its expected Souray would cost prospects rather than any roster players.

Ray Whitney Anybody that thinks Whitney is still available in trade isnt much of a hockey fan. The Phoenix Coyotes are kicking butt and taking names, and is looking to add players rather than subtract.

Andrei Kostitsyn and PK Subban The Habs have reportedly kicked around the notion of trading both players, but there is little shot theyd trade either player to their mortal NHL rivals. No way would the Habs risk getting beaten by Subban in a Bruins uniform on a regular basis. Not gonna happen.

Bryan Allen A 31-year-old veteran defenseman that can play the physical game and wouldnt come with an extreme price tag. Allen can play close to 20 minutes a night and would be good insurance in case of postseason injuries along their blueline.

Drew Stafford The kind of forward that could create an impact for a Bruins team looking for another offensive option with Horton and Peverley down, and hes always played well against the Bruins. The question is the price tag for a Buffalo team that should be coming to grips with this season.

Samuel Pahlsson Would only cost a middling prospect and would be a creative solution for Chiarelli and Co. It wouldnt really arrive as a solution for Hortons absence, but would allow the Bruins to move some players around to find solutions. Moving David Krejci to wing has given the Bruins a little bit wider net to cast for forward replacements and it's clear Columbus is motivated to move the center.

Irving: Struggling Celtics must 'weather the storm'

Irving: Struggling Celtics must 'weather the storm'

BOSTON – While it’s too soon to hit the panic button on the Boston Celtics’ season, Sunday’s 103-95 loss to Orlando is disturbing on multiple fronts. 

For starters, the Magic (14-32) have been in the NBA basement most of the season, so for them to see the light towards victory, on the road nonetheless, against the Celtics is bothersome for the Green Team. 

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Boston came into Sunday’s game with an impressive 17-3 record against teams with a sub-.500 record.

Making matters even worst, it was Boston’s third straight loss – a first for the Celtics this season - with all three defeats coming at the TD Garden. 

Celtics big man Al Horford said the team needs a “Fight for our lives’” mentality heading into Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. 

While no one wants to lose game, having to overcome some hurdles along the journey isn’t always a bad thing.

“Gotta have some adversity,” said Kyrie Irving who led all scorers with 40 points - the second time he has reached the 40-point plateau this season (47 points, Nov. 20 at Dallas). “We need it as a team. There’s a lot more adversity down the road. You have to be able to weather the storm no matter what.”

Aside from Gordon Hayward’s dislocated ankle injury in the season-opener, dropping three straight is probably the biggest adversity the Celtics have had this season. 

And this latest setback came against an Orlando franchise that the Celtics have absolutely owned at home. 

Prior to Sunday’s loss, Boston had not lost to the Magic at home since Feb. 7, 2010 with 14 straight wins.

"We didn't underestimate them," said Boston's Jaylen Brown who had 17 points. "They've been playing a lot better than they've been playing all year."

Al Horford echoed similar sentiments.

“You can’t underestimate any team,” Horford said. “I don’t think we necessarily did, but we need to have that sense of urgency like we started the game and be able to hold that throughout the game. That’s important.”

So is making the most of transition scoring opportunities which was an area of play in which the Celtics struggled mightily all game. 

Boston wound up with six, fast-break points on just 3-for-9 shooting. 

“We had some transition opportunities that we didn’t covert,” acknowledged Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. 

Failing to capitalize on those easy scoring opportunities came back to hurt Boston and in hindsight, proved to be one of the key differences in the game’s outcome. 

“Whether you’re doing things at an optimum level as you would like, that’s part of the game of learning one another,” Irving said. “Being able to figure out how to respond from that. Us as a group, we’ve come together in the last four months, five months, it’s new. We need to hit something like this in order for us to grow. It’s part of the game; part of being on a team, part of being a professional. Any team, any environment, you have to have stuff like this where you have to figure it out.”

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Morning Skate: Carey Price struggled with chronic fatigue

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Morning Skate: Carey Price struggled with chronic fatigue

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while happy to be done driving back and forth from Montreal for a little while. 

 

*Carey Price was reportedly suffering from chronic fatigue at the beginning of the season related to some vitamin deficiencies. That’s got to be re-assuring to an NHL hockey team when their $10 million a year goaltender is starting to complain about chronic fatigue in the very early stages of his gigantic contract. It makes any complaints about Tuukka Rask making $7 million a year to be child’s play in comparison. 

 

*It just keeps getting better with Isles rookie Mat Barzal as this weekend Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was raving about him and the way he plays hockey. 

 

*Good for old friend Chris Kelly, who says that a gold medal for Team Canada at the Olympics would be a great capper to his hockey career. 

 

*In an amazing story, the Vegas Golden Knights just keeping better and more powerful in their inaugural seasons. Pro Hockey Talk has the details. 

 

*In an interesting twist and a harbinger of more changes to come for the organization it would appear, Paul Coffey was named as a skills coach within the Oilers organization. 

 

*For something completely different: Tom Brady getting in touch with some F-bombs prior to today’s game against the Jaguars.