Boston Bruins Acquire Defenseman Mike Reilly from Ottawa

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The Bruins were absolutely embarrassed last night by the Washington Capitals 8-1 at TD Garden.  The game was former captain Zdeno Chara’s first game back in Boston since leaving as a free agent this past winter. 

Almost within minutes of the beat down in Boston, the Bruins announced they acquired defenseman Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators.  The Bruins will send a 2022 third-round pick back to Ottawa. 


New Bruins defenseman Mike Reilly / Courtesy of NHL.com


The Senators are rebuilding, so the trade of 27-year-old Reilly isn’t surprising.  The Bruins will get much needed depth on their blue line with this deal.  In 40 games, Reilly has 19 assists while still looking for his first goal of the season.


The Bruins, who have about $6 million in cap space at the deadline prior to this move will, add $1.5 million in the deal.  Boston will look to sign him this summer when he hits the market as an unrestricted free agent. 


In the short-term, Reilly adds depth on defense.  Charlie McAvoy is listed as day-to-day, while Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk and John Moore are on injured reserve.


The 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenseman was originally selected in the fourth round 98th overall) of the 2011 draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Injuries have impacted the Bruins defensive core this season.  While the main core of players are out, Reilly should play along side Jeremy Lauzon. 


The Bruins, who looked awful against the Capitals on Sunday, will welcome Reilly into the mix.  He will bring veteran depth to the blue line at a time they need it most.  Reilly will also bring much needed depth as the Bruins focus on a playoff push. 



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