According to TSN, it's shaping up to be a pretty busy day for Boston GM Peter Chiarelli.
He's already got the Tomas Kaberle deal with the Leafs
about to happen. But in order to keep some salary cap flexibility, he's apparently got another trade brewing.
The Bruins would send forward Blake Wheeler
and defenseman Mark Stuart
to the Atlanta Thrashers
, in return for forward Rich Peverley
and defenseman Boris Valabik
Wheeler and Peverley are near-washes, stat-wise. The Bruins would get the older player in 28-year-old Peverley, vs. the 24-year-old Wheeler.
Stuart has just 5 points this season, his second straight subpar season, but he's just 26 and two seasons removed from a 17-point season and back-to-back 82-game seasons.
Valabik, the 10th pick of the 2004 Entry Draft, has yet to earn a full-time NHL job. However, he could be another Zdeno Chara
-- he's 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds, and hails from Slovakia. He had 2 points in 23 NHL games last season, but has spent all of 2010-11 in the AHL, where he has 9 points and 165 penalty minutes in 49 games.
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