The Bruins are tied with Montreal for third place in the Atlantic Division, a point behind second-place Toronto and five points ahead of ninth-place Buffalo in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Despite a solid January, they’ve lost three of their past four games and sit in the middle of the pack with 143 goals scored, though there has been improvement since the beginning of the season.
There are obvious team needs, like a third-line center or a top-six winger, but given the trials they’ve dealt with injury-wise, the Bruins aren’t in a bad spot.
As coach Bruce Cassidy said, it might be impossible to catch the Tampa Bay Lightning atop the division, but most people agree a move must be made to help keep pace with Toronto and other contenders.
That’s not to say a trade for the sake of making a trade or mortgaging the future, but there are several realistic and appealing options.