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“They don’t have a strong appetite for the big deal”

Could this ruin the Bruins' trade plans?

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Bad news recently hit the Boston Bruins - and their fans - when star forward Brad Marchand was suspended five games for his elbow on New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson on Wednesday. This came after it was announced that rookie Charlie McAvoy would be sidelined for two weeks with a heart condition.

The Bruins keep chasing the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and recent speculation hinted that Boston might be looking for a way to boost their lineup to make that possible en route to a long playoff run. 

But, now: more bad news for fans?

However, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger has now reported that the team isn't rushing to make a move to add before the trade deadline.

Say what?!

Just a week ago, it had been revealed that the Bruins were on the lookout for a top-six forward, most likely a right winger, and potentially for a quality defenseman who could help veteran captain Zdeno Chara by taking some time off his shoulders. And now a trade to bring help on the back end seems to make more sense with McAvoy missing time. 

But Dreger said this Tuesday on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto:

What’s going to be interesting is if (Bruins general manager) Don Sweeney feels compelled or pushed - maybe that’s a better way to describe it - pushed by (president) Cam Neely and the Jacobs family to do more,” Dreger said. 

“Who’s to say that if the Boston Bruins continue to play as well as they are that they can’t take down the Tampa Bay Lightning, or they can’t take down the Pittsburgh Penguins if they find a way in, or the best in the East. So what as a general manager are you going to do to make us better?

"I checked around Boston and they don’t have a strong appetite for the big deal. And every general manager will say, ‘But I’m interested. I’m willing to listen. If somebody wants to offer me yet another Top 4, Top 5 D of course I’m going to listen. If there’s a big power forward, a piece out there that makes sense for us where we can move a couple of young assets and a draft pick, yeah we might be willing to do that.’

“But I don’t get the sense that they’re kicking in doors looking for areas to improve in.”

The Bruins had been linked to players like Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu from the Edmonton Oilers, but it's quite possible the team finds the price tag too steep to make a move. 

But once again, the Bruins' trade plans might change - once again - as the Feb. 26 trade deadline gets closer... Who knows now, right?