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A busy Friday in the Bruins’ front office continues to take shape, as reports indicate GM Peter Chiarelli has made yet another trade, this time with the Atlanta Thrashers.
In the deal, the Bruins send forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart south to Atlanta in exchange for center Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. This deal acts as the cap-cutting move necessary in order to complete the much-anticipated trade with Toronto to acquire Tomas Kaberle.
Wheeler can become a restricted free agent at season’s end; Stuart can become an unrestricted free agent. Meanwhile, Rich Peverley’s cap hit is just $1.325 million, and he is signed through next season. Peverley is a 28-year-old forward with 14 goals and 20 assists for Atlanta this season. Valabik is a former first round draft pick of the Thrashers, back in 2004. The Slovakian blueliner has spent this season in Chicago, playing for the team’s AHL affiliate. He celebrated his 25th birthday earlier this week.
Who is actually available to fill out the roster for Friday’s game in Ottawa remains to be seen. Reports do confirm that Chris Kelly will make his Bruins debut, facing his former team. Beyond that, we may see a very short bench for the Bruins.