"Both Stuart and Primeau are unrestricted free agents this summer and weren’t in the Bruins future plans. One or both could end up as merely playoff rentals for the Flames this season, depending on their performance in the upcoming post-season.
Like Stuart, Hamrlik is an unrestricted free agent this summer, so it’s possible GM Darryl Sutter was thinking beyond this spring’s playoffs with this move. If Hamrlik opts to move on, Sutter could replace him with Stuart.
In return, the Bruins are receiving two good, young and affordable players, who could still blossom into stars in their own right. Kobesaw has good speed and shows a promising scoring touch whilst Ference plays a very good physical style.
Their combined salaries are worth less than Stuart’s was for this season and both are signed for next season, giving Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli the cap space to either make more additions at the trade deadline, or to go shopping for more depth in this summer’s free agent market."The Spector, Trade Blogger, Foxsports.com
"Obviously, I am pretty excited. I think this is a good team and I am pretty familiar with the town and the area. My family is close (and) it’s a good situation. I have been expecting something might happen the last couple of weeks. It’s over with and I am glad I am here...It’s refreshing to have something to shoot for. We were struggling a little bit there in Boston, and it just seemed like nothing was going our way. It was kind of an uphill battle and we just couldn’t seem to get going. So to come and get a fresh start with a team that is right in the thick of things and fighting for first place in their division is exciting."Calgary Flames Defenseman, Brad Stuart, in between periods on Roger’s Sportsnet
"I think he is going to bring an element of grit to our team. I think he is one of those guys who is just constant energy all of the time. I know he has a lot more offense in the bag than he has probably shown in his NHL career so far. So that will be good. I think he is going to blossom in here and hopefully start producing points along with the energy that he creates, too. So, I’m really happy that he is here. He is a great kid and he works his tail off and he is going to be a good addition to the team."Bruins Defenseman, Bobby Allen, on former teammate Chuck Kobasew
"It’s been pretty crazy. It’s disappointing to leave a bunch of friends in Calgary, my hometown, but talking to the guys (here) and some of the guys in Calgary it definitely softens the blow. (That and) getting traded to a city that is so rich in sports history and to come to a team that is scratching and clawing its way back up to have some respect in the city, and to deliver some more passion the had during the good years...you are going to get a lot of hard work. I am probably evening out some of Big Z’s size difference -- I bring the average down a bit. But (I bring) the work ethic, and tenacity."Bruins Defenseman, Andrew Ference, on being traded to Boston, and his game
"It’s always tough (when) you lose a couple of friends (to a trade). Obviously Wayne’s one of my best friends in hockey, so that is tough. But, they are going to a good hockey team. And it’s always nice to go to a team that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup, too. We’ve acquired two good players. I played with Chuckie a ways back...he’s a good kid. He can score...and Ference is solid defensively and he’s tough, too for a little guy. So it’s going to be exciting."Bruins Center, Marc Savard, on losing, gaining two teammates
"You know we are not winning, so we had to get something done. Plain and simple. We have to play for our lives right now to get into a playoff spot...that’s what happens when you don’t win...When you are losing you think something is going to happen...you can’t keep going on losing...We are battling for our playoff life right now and we have to realize that and play every game like is a playoff to get into the playoffs."Bruins Assistant Captain, Glen Murray, on the trade