Time to make a move: Jay Bouwmeester
With Andrew Ference out for 6-8 weeks, it is time for Chiarelli to make a move. It isn't like this is Shane Hnidy going down, as well as he has played, but Ference has been one of the best defenseman all season. I like Matt Hunwick, but right now, I don't see him filling in for 6-8 weeks when he is paired with Shane Hnidy. Matt Lashoff is an option, but still, do you want a rookie?
Florida is still struggling and it doesn't seem like they are going anywhere. Boston has a lot of assets to trade, so why not make a move for Jay Bouwmeester? He is the best defenseman available (Philaldephia just acquired Phillipe Boucher from Dallas from Daryl Sydor, Boucher could have helped) and he could make the Bruins a legit contender. I know a lot of people don't want to trade a lot for him, either do I, but if you can also lock him up in a deal similar to Chara or something, you would have nothing to do this offseason aside from maybe a trade or two. The cap room is there. Now the question is, what do you trade. Jay-Bo is a UFA after the season, so if there isn't a sign and trade, it take a high pick, an NHL ready prospect/lower roster player, and another prospect. If it IS a sign and trade, maybe a 1st, Kobasew and another prospect. Who knows. It is Florida, maybe they take Hunwick straight up.
It just seems like a perfect time to make a big move to take this team one step further. At the same time I am not down for trading Bergeron or someone, but if we can get a guy like Jay-Bo for something fair, do it.