Peter Chiarelli quiet on deadline day

Updated: February 28, 2011, 9:51 PM ET
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com

KANATA, Ontario -- Having made two major trades earlier this month that in the eyes of many improved his team with depth and skill, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli stood pat on the NHL's trade deadline day except for a minor league trade that sent Providence defenseman Jeff Penner and the restricted free agent rights to forward Mikko Lehtonen to Minnesota for goalie Anton Khudobin.

''We don't really have much to report from today,'' Chiarelli said Tuesday at the Brookstreet Hotel, where the Bruins are staying before Tuesday night's game with the Ottawa Senators. ''There wasn't much activity on our part. We talked to a couple of teams. We felt we did most of our stuff the last couple of weeks, so today was a quiet day.''

With defenseman Andrew Ference out for about two weeks, according to Chiarelli, and newly signed defenseman Shane Hnidy more than two weeks away, there was some speculation the Bruins would deal for some depth on the blue line. But Chiarelli said there was nothing out there that really made sense and that the team was satisfied with the moves they made to acquire forward Chris Kelly on Feb. 15 and defenseman Tomas Kaberle and forward Rich Peverly in separate deals on Feb. 18.

''We've done three deals where we've added three good pieces," Chiarelli said. "There has been some subtraction. But we felt the net benefit was very positive. There wasn't anything that, when you look back in hindsight, that you say, 'Wow, that would have been a good one to do.' There wasn't anything like that.''

By making his moves early, Chiarelli didn't have to deal with a mad scramble before Monday's 3 p.m. ET deadline.

"Certainly that's not the driving force behind us doing the deals when we did," Chiarelli said. "It was one of the factors why I wanted to do it -- not to get caught up in today -- but knowing that today there was a scarcity of players, you just know the players and you know the fits, so we did the due diligence. We felt that the players we got were the ones we were targeting and certainly we were all exhausted this morning after flying in [from Edmonton] so it was nice to not really have to pull a rabbit out of the hat in the shape we're in."

Several Bruins have said the deals added a jump to their game and a boost in confidence, knowing Chiarelli felt the team was good enough to go out and make such significant moves. Boston is 5-0-0 on a road trip that ends Tuesday.

"There's obviously a boost and players appreciate it," Chiarelli said. "In the third line, you're seeing some jelling so just from the perspective of adding players, good players that will help the players, they were well-received and the players get excited about it."

Chiarelli wasn't about to get too far ahead of himself.

"I'm satisfied, but talk to me in a few months and I'll let you know," he said with a laugh.

James Murphy covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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