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Trade Deadline Day Begins

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BOSTON — The NHL’s trade deadline is set for Monday at 3:00 p.m. ET. will follow the action as teams around the league try to improve their rosters and their organizational depth.

With General Manager Don Sweeney and the Bruins staff at TD Garden early on Monday morning, Executive Director of Player Personnel John Ferguson took a few minutes to talk about Boston’s approach to the day.

“We’re always looking to improve our club, and we’re looking currently and for the future,” said Ferguson. “We’ve got a club that’s in the playoffs and we’d like to help if we can, while not losing sight of the future.”

Sweeney said during his pre-trade deadline media availability on Sunday that much of the talks among teams thus far had revolved around draft picks.

“I think the overall depth of the hockey club is something we want to continue to identify and try and improve,” Sweeney said during Sunday’s press conference.

“Most of the talks have centered around draft picks, and a lot of prospects have not changed hands, here and there. I think this is the time where teams zero in on not giving up much on their own club, that they feel they’re in position, and other teams are feeling like they may take a step back and restock come June, so they’re trying to accumulate those. That’s sort of where the balance of the talks have been.”

Every year, the trade deadline makes for an eventful day.

“It’s a busy day, obviously, across the league — everyone typically gets together and takes a look at what they have this year and beyond, and not only are you looking at trying to win, get yourself into the playoffs, you’re keeping an eye on what may happen in June,” said Ferguson. “You don’t want to give too much up, and help yourself as much as you can.”

With 19 games remaining in the season, the Bruins are sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division with 74 points. Tampa Bay (76) and Florida (78) are both ahead of them in the standings, and each have a game in hand.

The playoff race is tight, and it will be until the very end. On Monday morning, less than 10 points separated nine teams in the Eastern Conference.

Teams like the Florida Panthers are stocking up for the playoffs, with the acquisitions of defenseman Jakub Kindl and forwards Teddy Purcell and Jiri Hudler in recent days.

“Well, it seems like there’s been a great deal of movement already,” said Ferguson. “I’m sure there’s quite a bit yet to come and we’ll be continuing to work, we’ll get back into the office and see what we can do.”

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