5 Free Agents the Boston Bruins Should Target This Offseason

5 Free Agents the Boston Bruins Should Target This Offseason

PK Subban Patrice Bergeron
Getty Images

Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins are only one win away from beating P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens to reach their third conference finals in four years. Could arguably the favorite Bruin and the fanbase's biggest evildoer be teammates come next season? Peter Chiarelli and and his approximately .5 million in cap space could make a run at Subban and these other free agents.

5. Shawn Thornton

Shawn Thornton
Getty Images

5. Shawn Thornton

Shawn Thornton
Getty Images

A fourth-liner has not been this beloved wearing the spoked B since P.J. Stock a decade ago and the team's brass would not be wise to let this 37-year-old-to-be leave town after a half-dozen years with the club. Thornton has only averaged six goals a season with Boston, but brings a tenacity and mental edge vital to the franchise's success in recent years.

4. Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla
Getty Images

4. Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla
Getty Images

Jarome Iginla, who will turn 37 in July, is past his prime, but not enough past it for the Bruins to not consider bringing him back. The future Hall of Famer signed a one-year deal last season, just months after he shafted the Bruins for the rival Penguins. A year later, the hub has forgiven Iginla. He has meshed tremendously onto the team's first line and was tied with Patrice Bergeron for the team lead with 30 goals.

3. Ryan Callahan

Ryan Callahan
Getty Images

3. Ryan Callahan

Ryan Callahan
Getty Images

Although not a first-liner, Ryan Callahan could fill the void if Jarome Iginla opts elsewhere. Under this circumstance, Reilly Smith or Loui Eriksson would jump up to the first line and Callahan, 29, could settle on the second or third. Callahan, who was the captain of the New York Rangers before the Martin St. Louis trade, is known around the league as a high-caliber team gentlemen, blending him perfectly into the Bruins' locker room.

2. Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik
Getty Images

2. Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik
Getty Images

Another possible solution to fill the void at right wing, Gaborik, 32, could easily slot into the first line. He will command a large contract and has missed time each of the last two seasons due to injury.

1. P.K. Subban

PK Subban
Getty Images

1. P.K. Subban

PK Subban
Getty Images

Believe it. Subban has been the least favorite opposing player to the Bruins faithful for a few years now, but his emergence as one of the most exciting and talented defensemen in hockey has made him one heck of a Bruins adversary. The 2013 Norris Trophy winner is a restricted free agent this offseason, and whether Bruins fans want to admit it, Subban would be wildly accepted in Boston if the team poured all its available dough into him.

Around the Web

  • Jake

    This list is crap. I would never want Subban on the Bruins. He is a liability on D and is the biggest cry baby in the league. If the Bruins are smart they’ll get rid of marchand and bartkowski, move lucic down to the second line and move smith up to the first. They can then sign either vanek or moulson and put them on the second line. Kreijci gets the speed he needs and vanek/moulson would get a big body to protect them.