The Bruins usually welcome a visit by the Maple Leafs, but not when they bring with them the perfect storm of trade speculation. While in town, the Maple Leafs made the Kris Versteeg trade Monday night, finished the Aaron Voros deal over breakfast and then general manager Brian Burke held a peppy press conference at TD Garden on the merits of getting business done ahead of the Feb. 28 deadline. The Boston media, some of whom had written earlier in the day that the Bruins should get moving on the trade front, couldn't have been happier, though the players likely didn't care for the distraction. "It's a tough time of year, because you don't want to see anyone moved," Bruins winger Shawn Thornton said. "I love our team. But if management feels we have to make a couple of moves, I'm sure they will." The Bruins did, in fact, make a move late Tuesday, acquiring centre Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators. The Bruins were believed to have had an interest in Versteeg before he was sent to Philadelphia, and they can't argue about how their last deal with Toronto has worked out. The way things are going, Phil Kessel could deliver them a second top-five pick on June 24 in St. Paul, Minn.
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