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NHL Rumors: Did Devils GM hint at wanting to acquire a defenseman?

NHL Rumors: Did Devils GM hint at wanting to acquire a defenseman?

The Boston Bruins have been linked to New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri for a while now.

However, the Devils don't appear eager to trade their veteran top scorer at the deadline. Still, if Bruins GM Don Sweeney gives the Devils an offer they can't refuse, then Palmieri very well could suit up on David Krejci's right wing.

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What would it take to land Palmieri? Well, our Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty noted that he could be had for a first-round pick, a young cost-controlled player such as Anders Bjork, and a top-notch prospect. Devils interim GM Tom Fitzgerald had some interesting things to say regarding how his organization would approach the trade deadline.

"We've all underperformed this year. We're in this sell mode right now because of our Octobers, Novembers, Decembers and January. So, there's not one player that feels really good about what the season looks like. Underperforming is really where we're at that drove this situation," Fitzgerald said on SiriusXM's NHL Network. "Certain players, I believe, they will get better. I believe that they can find their games and get it back to where it's normal. We don't need P.K. Subban being a 25-minute-a-night guy. We need to find support for him so he can play at his best -at minutes that will allow him to do what he does well."

Did Fitzgerald just hint at the Devils wanting to acquire a defenseman at the deadline? Maybe. If so, the B's have plenty of defensemen they could send to New Jersey. For example, John Moore, at this point, has been expendable for the Bruins. Prospects such as Jakub Zboril and Urho Vaakanainen may be able to improve New Jersey's defensive situation and ease the life of Subban.

While it's just speculation, it would make some sense considering the Devils traded defenseman Andy Greene to the New York Islanders in exchange for a defensive prospect and Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning for an offensive prospect and first-round pick over the weekend.

If the Bruins were to land Palmieri, the Devils would acquire some pretty solid assets in return.

NHL rumors: Lightning outbid Bruins to make Blake Coleman trade with Devils

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NHL rumors: Lightning outbid Bruins to make Blake Coleman trade with Devils

The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lighting aren't just battling for the NHL's best record and first place in the Atlantic Division.

The trade deadline is Monday, and the Lightning made a move over the weekend to acquire veteran forward Blake Coleman from the New Jersey Devils. The Lightning gave up forward Nolan Foote and the Vancouver Canucks' 2020 first-round draft pick (previously acquired by Tampa Bay) to pry Coleman out of New Jersey. 

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Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Tuesday in his weekly "31 Thoughts" column that the Bruins were among the teams outbid by the Lightning.

2. Tampa outbid Boston for Coleman, but Edmonton made a real push. A couple of teams said they heard he was the guy the Oilers would give up a first-rounder for.

This report might frustrate Bruins fans, especially since it was the Lightning that ultimately got Coleman, but it makes sense for Boston to save its top trade assets for a player better than Coleman. One player who fits that description is New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who is more talented and a better fit for Boston than Coleman.

TSN reported Tuesday the Bruins and Colorado Avalanche have emerged as the frontrunners for a Kreider trade, although other teams are interested in him.

The Lightning aren't the only Eastern Conference contender that's made a trade before the Bruins. The Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. The Pittsburgh Penguins traded for veteran forward Jason Zucker in a deal with the Minnesota Wild earlier this month.

The Bruins enter Tuesday with a slim one-point lead over the Lightning for the top seed in the East. Both teams have played 60 games, and they will meet twice more before the end of the regular season.

Haggerty: Bruins are in a pretty good cap situation before deadline

Lightning trade for potential Bruins trade target, Devils forward Blake Coleman

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Lightning trade for potential Bruins trade target, Devils forward Blake Coleman

The Boston Bruins appear to be looking to make a big splash before the NHL trade deadline.

TSN's Darren Dreger reported Sunday the B's are among the many teams showing interest in New Jersey Devils winger Blake Coleman.


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Coleman would be a tremendous addition to a Bruins team that currently leads the NHL in points with 84. The 28-year-old has 21 goals and 10 assists through 57 games.

NBC Sports Boston's own Joe Haggerty noted Coleman as a potential fit for Boston along with fellow Devils forwards Kyle Palmieri and Miles Wood:

A deal for Palmieri is probably a bit lower in terms of probability than others like Kreider or Toffoli, and there are other players of interest on the New Jersey roster as well like Blake Coleman and Miles Wood who could be decent fits for the Bruins. The 24-year-old Wood is having a down year with just 10 goals and 19 points in 54 games with a minus-14 rating, but he’s a big, physical player with speed whom the Bruins have been intrigued by over the years.

The 28-year-old Coleman is another forward who plays with bite and is in the midst of a career year while leading the Devils with 21 goals this season, and is on pace for 32 goals and 50 points while seeming to always play well against the Bruins. Wood is signed for two more years at $2.75 million while still an RFA at the end of his current contract, and Coleman is signed for one more year at $1.8 million before he hits unrestricted free agency.

Though the Bruins could've benefitted from Coleman joining the team, he is reportedly being shipped to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Nolan Foote and a first-round pick, according to the Devils.

The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 24.