Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli met with the media following the signing of defenseman Johnny Boychuk to an extension Tuesday night. In addition to discussing Boychuk's three-year deal, Chiarelli touched on the upcoming Feb. 27 trade deadline.
Chiarelli said that he is "fairly active" in trade talks, but that he has not been able to swing a deal because of the number of teams that have remained in contention. Asked whether he was approaching the deadline as though the team will or or won't have concussed forward Nathan Horton, the GM said he thinks Horton will return this season.
"I don't know. I expect him to be back," Chiarelli said. "He's progressing, and I would think he'd be back. In the back of my head it's that he may be something tat we have to replace, but I would expect him to be back. But we look at players and say, 'Hey, maybe this player could add to our depth but mabe he'd have to play a certain spot too,' like Horton's spot."
Horton has missed the last eight games with a concussion, his second since June.
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