According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, there is interest around the league in Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart. Stuart has been a healthy scratch in favor of Adam McQuaid for the last three games. Stuart signed a one year $1.675 million dollar contract in the offseason and will be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the season.
Haggerty states that if the Bruins deal Stuart it would simply be for salary cap purposes, allowing them to add another player at the deadline. If the Bruins were to trade Stuart, without getting another defenseman back in some sort of deal it may end up being a mistake. If any of the current top 6 defensemen (Andrew Ference) were to get injured, it would force them to put a rookie (Matt Bartkowski) in the lineup. However, if the Bruins trade Stuart and upgrade on the blueline, possibly a puck moving defenseman, that would allow them to push McQuaid to the 7th defenseman spot. The Bruins will most likely lose Stuart at the end of the season, so making a trade would be worth a shot if it nets them an upgrade on the blueline.