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Peter Chiarelli wants a defenseman, but doesn’t think there is a Dennis Seidenberg on the trade market

Meeting with the media prior to the Olympic break, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he would like to add defensive depth before the March 5 deadline.

The perceived need for the Bruins would be a top-4 defenseman, as the team will be without Dennis Seidenberg [1] for the rest of the season. Chiarelli didn’t say whether he would want a lefty for the second pair or a righty to play in Seidenberg’s usual postseason spot alongside Zdeno Chara [2].

“I want a little more defending and if a guy can play both sides that would be great,” Chiarelli said. “We’€™re not going to replace Seids. I want the ability to defend; I want a little bit of heaviness.”

If the Bruins are unable to find somebody, Chiarelli said he would be comfortable with Matt Bartkowski remaining as his second left-side blueliner.

“Yeah, I would be,” Chiarelli said. “He’€™s learning, he’€™s learning better how to defend, he’€™s getting a little more minutes. He’€™s still making mistakes but the rest of them are too. I’€™ve been looking closely at his defending, he certainly can wheel the puck out well and turn the net well but he’€™s maturing as a defender. That’€™s what we’€™re looking for, better defenders.”

No NHL [3] business can be conducted over the Olympic break, which means general managers will have a short window to get deals done upon returning to work later this month. Chiarelli said there isn’t much of a market right now for top-4 defensemen.

“I think it’€™s going to be a tough market,” Chiarelli said. “It is going to be tough to get players.”

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