There really is no offseason in the NHL. Free agency started just over a week after the Boston Bruins lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks, and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is already working the phones to try and improve his roster and work his way around the salary cap.
For the Bruins, there are certain needs that need to be met during the summer of 2013 to prepare for next season. Jaromir Jagr, 41, won't be coming back, and all signs point to the departure of Andrew Ference as well. Nathan Horton has already informed the team that he'll be testing the market, and most likely won't be a Bruin next year.
So what can the Bruins do to fill these holes? What players need to be targeted?
There were rumblings about Boston wanting to sign center Vincent Lecavalier, but those are dead after the 14-year veteran signed a five-year deal with the Flyers this week.
There have also been rumors about the potential of Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson jumping ship and signing in Boston to try and win the Stanley Cup that has eluded him his entire career. But that is a long shot that he would leave the only franchise he's ever played for, especially with the strong foundation Ottawa has built the last two years under Paul MacLean.
Here are the five ways the Bruins can ace the free agency period this summer.