The emergence of 18-year-old rookie David Pastrnak has taken some of the urgency off the Boston Bruins to add a top-nine winger, although odds are they will still do so before the March 2 trade deadline.
It just means general manager Peter Chiarelli doesn’t have to do so, given Pastrnak’s contributions.
But given the potential of injuries and the grind of the stretch run and playoffs, adding another forward is still the plan.
Another name to throw in the mix is Cam Atkinson from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The winger is a pending restricted free agent, so the Jackets certainly don’t have to move him, but they’re listening. I don’t sense Atkinson is a top-of-the-list guy for Boston, but the two clubs have chatted about him and he’s on the Bruins’ radar at the very least.
There’s renewed interest in winger Chris Stewart from the Buffalo Sabres -- or perhaps it never really went away. But the hulking winger, a pending unrestricted free agent, has played better of late and the Bruins still view him as a decent fit.
Toronto center Mike Santorelli, another pending unrestricted free agent who can also play wing, is among several other names I think the Bruins like.