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March 8, 2009

Deadline day proves a flop for Bruins

That was it?

No offense to Steve Montador and Mark Recchi, the two players the Bruins acquired at the NHL trading deadline on Wednesday, but that's it?

Really?

The Bruins, in the midst of one of the most successful seasons the franchise has enjoyed since the Bobby Orr days, had two glaring holes. They filled the need for a left shot forward by acquiring the 41-year-old Recchi. The rugged winger netted 42 points with a terrible Tampa Bay club this season, and has the experience of two Stanley Cups on his resume. Don't let the age fool you.

No knock on Montador; he's a good pickup, too. A tough defenseman who can add depth, he brings some grit and toughness.

But what about all the Chris Pronger talk? What about that need for a puck-moving defenseman? What about the big move?

"We were happy with the two acquisitions," said general manager Peter Chiarelli. "I'm satisfied and happy with what we accomplished."

Chiarelli admitted he was involved with talks on a bigger deal, but declined to comment on specifics.

"I was pretty close," he said. "With us, cap wise, we needed to get some housekeeping done in advance and make some space. We had a deal done midway through the way that was waiting in case we needed to make space."

Pronger stayed in Anaheim. Jay Bouwmeester, a young puck-moving blue liner, was rumored to be on the block (he's an impending free agent), but he stayed in Florida. Tomas Kaberle stayed in Toronto despite numerous rumors he'd be dealt.

"The larger deals, at the end of the day it takes two to tango," said Chiarelli. "We were working on two. Three if you include the housekeeping deal to make space, and it just didn't happen. At some point, I had to pull the plug on it. You have to fish or cut bait at some point."

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