Bruins at the deadline

Ah, the NHL trade deadline. That magical time of year when Russians get flipped for Canadians, Swedes sign free-agent contracts … and Americans watch the NFL Combine.

In case you missed it, the Bruins — they’re starting to pull away in the Northeast Division, you know — retooled well before deadline day.

The final hours came and went without much stress for Peter Chiarelli’s bunch, since they’d already made their moves: bringing in Tomas Kaberle, Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Shane Hnidy, sending away Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler.

It was, in many ways, the opposite of the Celtics’ strategy. While Danny Ainge got rid of a veteran presence with a shock deadline deal that has huge backfire potential, Chiarelli stayed under the radar, building the back end of his team for a playoff run.

Flashy? No. Effective? Let’s just say it has a better chance of success than trading a lynchpin center for a scorer whose talents aren’t exactly unique on the roster. (Eighteen mpg, 6 ppg. Yeah, that’s worth Kendrick Perkins.)


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