According to a source, the Bruins have swung a deal with the Thrashers that will send forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart to Atlanta in exchange for center Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. TSN's Bob McKenzie was the first to report the deal.  


Peverley, 28, has another year remaining on his contract that carries a cap hit of $1.325 million. He has 14 goals and 20 assists this season for 34 points. Wheeler has 11 goals and 16 assists on the season for 27 points. He will be a restricted free agent at season's end. 


It’s almost anticlimactic that Tomas Kaberle is now a member of the Bruins. Fans have been customizing jerseys with the Czech blueliner’s name for years now, but they can finally don those sweaters without getting funny looks. 

The visa issues that have kept Chris Kelly locked in Scotiabank Place the last three days (mostly kidding) won’t be an issue with the Bruins in Ottawa Friday night, so after a 6-3 win over the Islanders on Thursday (

The Bruins broke a three-game losing streak by turning on the offense against a pair of Islanders goaltenders in a 6-3 victory at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night. 


 Bruins forward Chris Kelly, acquired Tuesday night in a trade with the Senators, will not be available to play Thursday night against the Islanders due to immigration issues. Kelly, a Canadian citizen previously employed in Canada, will remain in Ottawa, where he will join the team Friday. 


Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:


According to a report from TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Bruins are close to a trade that would send four-time All-Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle to Boston.



Dreger reports that the trade is not likely to happen on Thursday, but sources tell him that the deal is close and does not hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins. Cap flexibility is also a factor, and a secondary trade might be needed by the Bruins in order to create cap space.



WILMINGTON -- The Bruins will see a new face in their lineup when Chris Kelly, acquired in a trade with Ottawa Tuesday night, joins the team for either Thursday or Friday's game. While Kelly will have nearly an entire Bruins dressing room full of new teammates, he will be reunited with B's captain Zdeno Chara, with whom he played in Ottawa in the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons. Chara had high praise for is former teammate and the move that the team made to acquire him. 


Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk Bruins and NHL news.


Milbury indicated he likes the Bruins' acquisition of Chris Kelly from the Senators. "I think the Bruins have made a wise decision to add to their depth and toughness," he said. "In both cases, you can't get enough of it, particularly when it comes time for playoff time."


Say what you will about the 2010-11 Boston Bruins, but consistency is something on which they have been able to pride themselves. 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a press conference late Tuesday night following the team's acquisition of Senators center Chris Kelly. Chiarelli spoke highly of Kelly, whom he knew from his days in the Ottawa front office, describing the 30-year-old as a "two-way center" with "lots of playoff experience" who could "play up and down the lineup."


While the move addresses one area, the GM suggested there are more trades to be made.