March 4, 2014

Bruins' list of trade options shrinking

By Jesse Connolly

Many expected the Isles to fetch a better return for Andrew MacDonald. (Getty Images)

On the eve of the trade deadline, two oft-discussed potential targets of the Boston Bruins were dealt elsewhere.

The Islanders sent Andrew MacDonald to the Flyers in exchange for Philadelphia’s third-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft, heir second-round pick in 2015 and prospect Matt Mangene.

MacDonald, who led the Isles with over 25 minutes of ice time per game, had spent his entire NHL career with the Islanders, appearing in 295 games and amassing 89 points (17 goals, 72 assists).

“It’s a mixed emotion. I'm sad to leave but excited for what's coming next,” he told Newsday.

“Everyone was really looking forward to this season after the way we finished last year," MacDonald added. "But things didn't go the way we wanted and this seems to be a byproduct of that."

Stephane Robidas, who the Bruins were also rumored to have been interested in, was traded from Dallas to Anaheim for a conditional fourth-rounder in 2014. The right-handed rearguard is recovering from a broken leg.

With Robidas and MacDonald crossed off the list, and Chris Phillips reportedly making progress in hammering out a new contract with the Senators, GM Peter Chiarelli's options on the back end are shrinking.

Philly's Andrej Meszaros is a possibility, especially with MacDonald heading to the Flyers. Veteran Henrik Tallinder is also a possibility, but it's unlikely his superior Buffalo teammate, Christian Ehrhoff, is a realistic option (according to reports).

The B's general manager has until 3 p.m. on Wednesday to find a trading partner if he wants to shore up his defense or -- as seemingly far-fetched rumors tying Boston to Thomas Vanek and Columbus winger Marian Gaborik have suggested -- look to add a piece up front.

Christian Arnold contributed to this report.

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