NHL Notebook: A looming expansion draft could throw a wrench in Bruins’ ambitious offseason plans

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Let's go down the list, shall we?

A closing title window? Check.
An aging core in need of some reinforcements? Check. 
Assets at the ready? Check. 

Despite Cam Neely's words of caution when it comes to weighing a retooling against an early rebuild, the Bruins have the pieces in place — and urgency — to add to this roster in the coming months in order to orchestrate one more significant postseason push.

Of course, that's easier said that done — especially with Don Sweeney and the Bruins likely having to dive headfirst into an active trade market in order to put this team over the top.

But with some cap flexibility and trade chips at the ready, it's not out of the question that Boston could enter next season (whenever that is) with another legitimate talent up front or along the blue line.

"We’re looking to make some changes in our group," Sweeney said on Wednesday. "I feel very good about the overall organization we are and how competitive we are. But, we have to – I’m not doing my job if I’m not looking to improve our hockey club on a daily basis without being dissatisfied."

Making such a move might be just what Boston needs to orchestrate another legitimate run with this current core still in place. By doing so, however, it might create a whole slew of headaches for Sweeney and the B's the following summer — one that could end up with a key cog for the future skating in the Emerald City in 2021 and beyond.