Bruins, Avs close on a deal??
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It's been widely reported that the Avs are receiving interest for the likes of Ryan Smyth, Milan Hejduk, Jordan Leopold, Ian Laperriere and Ruslan Salei, to name a few.
Smyth and Hejduk have no-trade clauses in their respective contracts, but the belief is GM Francois Giguere is looking to shed some salary and could try to move either player.
The Denver Post reported this evening that the Avalanche is rumored to be close to a multi-player trade, with the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins being mentioned as a possible dance partner.
Boston, meanwhile, has reportedly spoken to the Avs about Leopold and forward Marek Svatos.
It doesn't make sense for the Bruins to go after a guy like Svatos. He's a smaller forward (5'10", 185 pounds) and shoots righty, two things the Bruins are trying to improve on. Leopold's name continues to come up and seems like a potential target. If the Bruins were to acquire Leopold it would be interesting to see what happens with current defensemen like Ference, Stuart, Hunwick and Hnidy. One of the four is likely to be sent out. The name I like is Laperierre, who is available at low cost (fourth round pick maybe?). Slot him on the fourth line with Yelle and Thornton and that is one tough line to play against come playoff time. The Bruins would still need to improve their leftwing depth which is their major weakness.