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Mar 27, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Derek Forbort (24) skates against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The frenzy is almost upon us.

And the Bruins, even after signing Mike Reilly to a new three-year deal, still need help on the backend.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney knows it, too.

“The market is tight [and] the supply is what it is,” Sweeney said last week when asked about the defensive market. “We’ll have to be aggressive to find a player or maybe two that want to play for us and what we want.”

But at least Sweeney knows what he’s after this time around.

“Ideally, you’d want an all-situational minutes player, that certainly has been all of those pressure points and, as you mentioned, the penalty kill,” Sweeney said of his desire for the defensive addition to the roster. “Not unlike Charlie McAvoy, who impacts the game in sixty minutes. The other guys — [Matt Grzelcyk] obviously has done a lot of great things for us in puck moving and can complement on the power play as well. [Jakub] Zboril was moving pucks last year, ran into some injuries. But with the loss of Jeremy [Lauzon], there’s a penalty killing component there. Johnny Moore helped, we’ll obviously address some of that from a depth perspective. But we have to go and add to our group, so we have to address that.”

As noted by Sweeney, the Bruins are really entering this market looking for someone who can help take on some of the heavier minutes and grinding workload that Jeremy Lauzon (and the recently retired Kevan Miller) did in 2021.

Honestly, if the Bruins even sign one of these guys, I’ll consider this a victory and ask that you join me on a Duckboat rolling rally through the city. It’ll be a regular Duckboat tour, but we can pretend it’s for us. But really, here’s nine defensemen who could be of some help to the Bruins (and in a variety of roles) as the team begins their jump into the ‘free agent frenzy’…

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.