The NHL trade deadline is this Wednesday, and the Bruins have been working the phones in hopes of doing a deal with another team.
The goal? Finding a top four defenseman. Both Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid are out for the B's, and it's clear that the team could use another proven defenseman. But even if they don't get one, Tony Amonte is still high on them.
"I think they're a contender," Amonte said. "You always look at the D, and we're looking at McQuaid obviously being out for a long stretch now. Seidenberg's down. You're thinking you got to bring in a top four guy . . . it's tough to go into the playoffs with a younger defense."
Amonte isn't hitting the panic button when it comes to making a deal, but Felger is more inclined to do something to put the B's over the top.
"I like the Bruins young defense . . . in about two years from now," Felger said. "This is a team that's going to be knocking at the door of a championship here in the next couple. I know in the Patriots world we're always talking about Zdeno Chara. There's only going to be two years where he's playing at this level."
Top four defensemen don't just go on trees though.
There is nothing harder to find in the NHL than a top four D-man," Amonte said. "They just don't come up very often."