Report: Bruins will be 'very active' in trade market

Josh Gold-Smith
Bob DeChiara / USA Today

The Boston Bruins are reportedly planning to make some changes.

The Bruins "are going to be very active in the trade market leading up to the July free agency period," sources told's Joe Haggerty.

General manager Peter Chiarelli has been vocal about his reluctance to trade forward Brad Marchand in the past, but Haggerty reports Marchand and defenseman Johnny Boychuk are now candidates to be dealt.

Marchand's cap hit for next season will be $4.5 million, and Boychuk's will be $3.66 million. 

Haggerty says their status as trade candidates is "based on a combination of salary cap hardship for Boston, and considerably high value on the trade market".

Marchand registered 25 goals and 53 points last season, including five game-winning goals and five shorthanded markers.

Boychuk scored seven goals and added 18 assists in 75 games, averaging over 21 minutes of ice time.