Bruins’ inability to touch Detroit proves they have few untouchables

I’ve floated different names over the last couple weeks, and I’m not going to rehash that list here. This is more about not falling in love with the players wearing Boston’s sweaters right now. Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron, Marc Savard and Dennis Seidenberg (limited) all have no-trade clauses. After that sextet, maybe only Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin should be off the trade table. That’s right, even David Krejci, Tuukka Rask, Steven Kampfer and Johnny Boychuk should be in play.

The reason teams are sellers this time of year is because they lack the type of talent to be anywhere but the league’s bottom five or six. Maybe the Bruins have to look toward Chicago, where the Blackhawks have to be desperate to swap some talent for talent in an effort to get into the playoff picture. Carolina’s reportedly looking to shed some salary without dropping out of the race, and Atlanta could probably stand to make some personnel moves in its effort to grab a playoff spot.

Sure, there aren’t many sellers in the West and the prices might be high, but that’s where Chiarelli is going to have to be bold and maybe make a deal that’ll put another team in the playoffs and his team over the top. He doesn’t even have to mortgage the future much if the acquired players are under contract beyond this year.

The Bruins should look at the results of this two-game set with Detroit as the measuring stick that it was and Chiarelli should explore all avenues in an effort to close the gap between his team and the Red Wings-level squads of the league. That gap might not be this small for long, and any number of internal and external factors could close that championship window before the Bruins get to the golden future so many are predicting for them once their prospects ripen and those picks are put to use.

The tradeable players far outnumbers the untouchables in the Bruins’ dressing room right now, and Chiarelli must make the moves – painful or not – to turn his consistent club into a dominant one that can win a championship.

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