Why teams should trade early
March, 21, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider
Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty ImagesIf a team wants Jarome Iginla, it may want to pull the trigger soon.TORONTO -- In 2011, when Peter Chiarelli bolstered the Bruins for a Stanley Cup run, he made his deadline deals with plenty of time to spare. He acquired Chris Kelly on Feb. 15 and both Tomas Kaberle and Rich Peverley on Feb. 18. By the time the Feb. 28 trade deadline came, the new Bruins were already getting acclimated with the team.
"As the playoffs started and into the playoffs, you could see them start to get comfortable," Chiarelli said on Wednesday.