NHL Notebook: Trade targets already emerging at wing, good news on Scott Sabourin

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With the Bruins off to their best start since the 1929-30 campaign, the concerns regarding the club’s scoring punch and its top-heavy forward corps has subsided for the time being — especially with David Krejci back in the fold.

Well, for now - at least.

As Boston looks to find a couple of permanent fixtures to Krejci and Charlie Coyle’s right for the long haul, the trade market remains an alluring option for a team that could be just a piece or two away from being the top Cup contender in the league.

In a perfect scenario, Don Sweeney and the Bruins likely wouldn’t have to go down a similar route in 2020 — given the team’s history when it comes to dealing away assets around the deadline (see — Johansson, Marcus; Nash, Rick; Stafford, Drew). 

But for as much as Boston would likely want to solve any secondary-scoring woes with in-house options, expect the Bruins to once again be active on the trade front this winter, especially if this roster is indeed just one player away from putting itself over the top when it comes to vying for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

While we've already discussed a potential Taylor Hall deal at length last month and how accounting for the Devils' forward's $6 million cap hit might be the most daunting challenge with said move, there is already a market developing for some cheaper wingers — both in terms of cap and cost — that Boston will most likely be keeping tabs on going forward.