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Bruce Cassidy admits he thinks about Bruins acquiring big time talent

The Boston Bruins need outside help.

With a trade deadline full of names, and as a human being that wants the best for a Black and Gold squad that's done their part to stay afloat this season, too, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy can't help but dream big.

"Of course when I go home tonight, I’m thinking, ‘I wonder if we’ll trade for [Artemi] Panarin tonight?'" Cassidy joked after Friday's practice at Warrior Ice Arena. "I’m human. But that’s it. Then it’s gone. Then I’m cooking burgers or something at home."

By now, the Bruins know their weaknesses and what they need this deadline: The B's are likely in need of a top-six boost, and could desperately use another center to slot behind their one-two punch of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.

Cassidy will have his input with Bruins general manager Don Sweeney in that regard, too, and with the hopes of delivering via trade like they did after those meetings a season ago.

"We do go over [the trade deadline] as an organization. The coaches, Donny, whoever he wants to include," Cassidy noted. "There is a discussion on players that could be available. [Sweeney] doesn’t give us all the [players], and we talk about our lineup, and where’s the biggest pressing need. Last year, for example, we all said we could use a winger for Krejci.

"Went out and got it."

And there's no doubt that Panarin, a pending unrestricted free agent (who just switched agents) with 20 goals and 60 points in 51 games this year, would fit a need for the goal-starved Bruins' top-six woes. The price will be high, of course, especially with no shortage of potential suitors for the 27-year-old Russian, ranging from the Bruins to the Predators and beyond.

Of course, Panarin is just one of many names the Bruins could have an interest in, especially as Sweeney continues to work the phones in search of a solution to personnel issues that would absolutely hold the B's back in the postseason.

"I think Donny’s making calls," said Cassidy. "Whether anything happens or not, I don’t know. "That’s where it’s at right now, and we’ll see where it goes."

Until then, though, the dreams and burgers will have to do.