Do the Bruins have a deal in place?

Earlier today (Feb. 25), Boston GM Peter Chiarelli hinted that the Bruins may have a deal or two in place for when the NHL roster freeze is lifted on March 1.

Speaking on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger and Mazz afternoon show, Chiarelli said that things have picked up the last couple of days and that some deals around the league need just formal announcement to be completed.

"Tuesday things started to pick up and I suspect you'll see some deals that have already been cooked," Chiarelli said. "You'll see them done like the morning of the first. We're in on a couple and I like our chances.

"I always want improve this team," he continued. "We have identified a couple areas where we feel we can improve it right now and if the right deal is there, and I think we are in on a couple that are close, that we will do them."

When asked if the Bruins had a deal in place, Chiarelli said with a laugh, "I'll abstain."

Speculation has been rampant over the last week that the Bruins are targeting Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who carries a $2mil cap hit and is an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Bruins have also been linked to Columbus forwards Raffi Torres and Kristian Huselius in various reports.