3. Chris Tanev, Calgary Flames
Another right-shot defenseman, Tyson Barrie, received permission from the Nashville Predators to explore trade options. Tanev is a better fit in Boston, as Barrie's profile as an offensive-style, puck-moving, undersized defenseman is redundant with the Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk and Kevin Shattenkirk.
Meanwhile, Tanev's scouting report reads like a player custom-built for the grit and grind of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"He continues to be one of the league’s best shutdown defensemen. He can always be relied upon to go up against the opposing team’s top stars, is great on the penalty kill, and never shies away from blocking a shot. He is also tough as nails and is able to play through injuries that many other players wouldn’t even consider."- Rupert McDonald, The Hockey Writers
As far as pure defenseman, Tanev is up there with the best of the best and finished 15th in the Norris Trophy voting in 2021-22. He ranks towards the top of the active players' leaderboard as a phenomenal plus 104. Adding Tanev would likely solidify the Bruins D corps as the league's top unit.
Tanev is in the last year of a four-year deal with a cap hit of $4.5 million. He is in the second-half of his career at 33, so his age and contract situation should subdue his value. That being said, Tanev is a match made in heaven for playoff hockey. Teams should be blowing up Calgary's phone with calls on Tanev, and the Flames would be foolish not to pit interested teams against each other to drive up the asking price.
Like Maroon, Tanev projects more as a trade deadline rental than a long-term acquisition. However, the Bruins will be much more interested in extending the next two players on this list should they come to Boston in a trade.