Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli successfully addressed the outstanding shortage of depth and seasoning on offense and created a minor surplus of it on defense in the climactic stages of Monday’s NHL trading deadline.
Fundamentally speaking, Chiarelli accomplished his most vital task of the 2011-12 season simply by introducing new faces and adding layers to the Boston depth chart. The defending Stanley Cup champions were simply not going to satisfactorily get through the current campaign without at least one extramural transaction, one that adds more than subtracts.
With a veteran forward who instantaneously constitutes the oldest player on the team and two depth defensemen each with over 300 NHL games on their log, the Bruins have more than the right quantity of new blood to boost them through the homestretch and postseason.
The quality of each individual acquisition and the deal that brought them in are broken down as follows.