With Nathan Horton testing the market, the Boston Bruins are set to enter free agency as big time buyers for the first time since 2006. Forced to rebuild the right side of their top-six, the notoriously conservative Bruins could be on the brink of a big move or two.
Back in '06, GM Peter Chiarelli's first year with the club, the Bruins acquired captain Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard. The two big money signings led the team into a new era of prominence, and although Marc Savard has not played a single game since 2011, Chara continues to be the foundation of the team.
In the seven summers since, the Bruins have not once made a big splash on the open market. Of the 24 players deployed by the Bruins in the 2013 postseason only Shawn Thornton, Torey Krug and the aforementioned Chara were acquired via free agency. The other 21 arrived in Boston through the draft or as part of a trade.
The Eastern Conference champions' strong core is certainly not far from another deep playoff run, so whichever pieces they opt to bring in could make or break their next shot at the cup.
Here are a few targets that should be at the top of the Bruins' wishlist: