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The Boston Bruins have their general manager and coach situations squared away after promoting Don Sweeney and retaining Claude Julien.

But the offseason is just getting underway for the Black and Gold.

"Obviously they've got to look to trade some people from their roster. I think Milan Lucic is the one they've got to look long and hard at entering free agency," said Joe Haggerty on SportsNet Central. "[Lucic's return] probably the most you would get back in a trade except if they start to think about Dougie Hamilton and potentially trading him. Because he's a restricted free agent, because there could be offer sheets thrown his way."

If the Bruins decide to part ways with a player like Lucic, Haggerty suggests potentially going after a veteran defenseman like Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks.

"The Blackhawks are in serious salary cap trouble, they're going to need to unload in the offseason," he said. "What I heard last weekend in Buffalo is Seabrook might be the guy that gets traded. They're going to have to get in line with Edmonton and a lot of other teams to go after him. But that they in your prime, top two defenseman, Johnny Boychuk-style defenseman that they could go out and get to finally replace a guy that they didn't replace last year."

Thanks to their tight salary cap situation, the Bruins may not be able to bring any free agents in. But if they find a way to clear up space with a trade, one player that intrigues Haggerty is Anaheim Ducks winger Matt Beleskey.

 

"I think he's a power forward, a winger that's just starting to come into his own," said Haggerty. "He scored 20-plus goals this year, the first time he was in double digits in goals. I think he's an intriguing Bruins-type player. Like I said, only if they clear off space. But maybe he's a left wing choice if they trade Milan Lucic. I'd keep an eye on that."