Now that Tim Thomas is off the books, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is in one of the best positions in the NHL.
At 8-1-1 through their first 10 games of the season, the Bruins are already one of the hottest teams in the league despite playing fewer games than the majority of the league. The only concerns so far have been injuries to the team's forwards—Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton have all been affected—and occasionally shaky defensive play.
But the stoic play of Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin in net rendered Thomas, who remains resolute in his decision to sit out this season, expendable. And after acquiring a second-round pick from the New York Islanders, Chiarelli accomplished two goals: Move a still-valuable asset, and free up cap space to add something at the end of the season.
The only question is, what can Chiarelli add?
With the trade deadline not coming until April 3, the Bruins have plenty of time to let the season shake out. For now, they appear to be buyers if anything, especially given the aforementioned injuries to their forwards.
With two months to figure it out, expect this list to change as other teams' playoff hopes fluctuate, but here are some names you can expect to hear in the mix.