Still, there are teams who look at the pending unrestricted free-agent winger and wonder if he wouldn’t play better on a better club.
One thing’s for sure: Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray has let it be known that he’s willing to move Stewart any time, but he’s waiting for a fair offer.
My sense is the Bruins don’t believe they need to pay a big price for a player who has struggled like Stewart has. On the flip side, I think Buffalo believes Boston needs to step up in their offer.
The Bruins are definitely looking for a top-six winger. As I tweeted Friday, Boston closely scouted the St. Louis Blues last week, with GM Peter Chiarelli taking in one Blues game and assistant GM Don Sweeney another.
Meanwhile, a source told ESPN.com that Murray is willing to listen to deals for Buffalo's goalies as well. Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth are both slated to be unrestricted free agents July 1. My sense is Murray would be open to signing one of them and perhaps trading the other if he gets the right offer.