Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 11/19/14

The trade deadline has come and gone, and Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was active late in the game.  The New York Islanders shipped off veteran forward and former Bruin Brian Rolston and Quincy native Mike Mottau to the Bruins for prospects.  The Bruins also acquired stay at home, shot blocking defenseman Greg Zanon from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for American born defenseman Steven Kampfer.  Overall, the Bruins did not make a huge splash at the deadline.  

Nobody in Boston was expecting a blockbuster from the Bruins at the deadline.  No one believed Tuukka Rask for Rick Nash was within the realm of possibility.  The fans were looking for Boston to add depth on offense and defense, which is what they did.  Much like the rest of the NHL, the Bruins did not make any blockbuster moves.  

The injury bug has caught the Bruins lately.  Forward Rich Peverley has a torn MCL and is expected to be out until April.  Peverley should be back for the postseason, but no one knows if he will be at 100%.  Postseason hero Nathan Horton has a concussion and has no timetable for his return.  If Peverley returns and Horton does not, Rolston would play on the 3rd line while Peverley assumes the top line responsibilites that he took when Horton went down in Game 3 of the Finals last season.  

Rolston should be inserted into the lineup immediately due to the injuries to Horton and Pevereley.  Johhny Boychuk suffered a concussion in the massive collision with Ottawa forward Chris Neil, so Greg Zanon could be inserted into the lineup as well.  In the long term, Zanon could replace Joe Corvo in the lineup.  

Last season, Chiarelli acquired Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley, and Tomas Kaberle at the deadline.  Kelly and Peverley proved to be key pieces to the Cup run.  Although they did not appear to be major acquisitions at the time, Kelly and Peverley are crucial pieces to the Bruins.  

Maybe these pieces will surprise us.  Rolston does not appear to have much left in the tank at his age, but perhaps playing on a contender and chasing a Stanley Cup could be Rolston's sprint to the finish.  Rolston was recently placed on waivers, showing just how thin the market was this year.  

The Greg Zanon seems like a homerun for Boston.  Zanon is a quality defenseman and will be a great compliment to an already strong defensive core.  These are the types of players you need to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Greg Zanon is a UFA at season's end, and could be playing for an extension with the Bruins.  Greg Zanon is a tremendous shot blocker, and as a left shot defenseman will fit well into Claude Julien's defense-first system.  Although the Bruins had to surrender prospect Steven Kampfer, a Zanon extension would make the trade a win for Boston.  

Will this years deadline acquisitions be as important as last years? Only time will tell, but it is unlikely. However GM Peter Chiarelli looks to have added some great complimentary pieces to a roster with Stanley Cup experience.  

 

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