The Boston Bruins learned this postseason that they need far more depth when it comes to their defensemen. Sadly, they had many serious injuries on their backend, most notably with Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller. This is a huge reason why they lost to the Islanders in the second round.
The right-side is an area where the Bruins need to add depth in particular. Miller could end up hitting the open market or even retiring because of his injury trouble. Losing him would be hard on the team, as he is one of their only hard-hitting defensemen. Yet, even if he stays, they should bring in extra support. Zach Bogosian is a guy they should be calling.
Bogosian would work very well as either a bottom-pairing or 7th defenseman. With the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, he registered 4 assists in 45 games, but was also a +7. Thus, he can be very effective with the defensive side of the game. He also was a fantastic acquisition for the Tampa Bay Lightning last season, as he provided steady play during their Stanley Cup run. The Bruins saw this firsthand.
The best teams always have solid depth defensemen.
Although Bogosian would not be the flashiest of signings, it still would be beneficial for the Bruins. As previously stated, some of their best defensemen are sadly prone to injury. Therefore, having NHL-caliber defensemen as insurance is a necessity. This is what helps teams go on long playoff runs.
When looking at the options the Bruins currently have as depth pieces, Bogosian would be a clear upgrade. However, he also showed this season that he can be very dependable as an everyday player, too. In fact, if the Bruins decide not to bring back Miller, he would be the perfect replacement.
Most importantly, with the Maple Leafs this season, he made $1 million and would likely not expect much more. Thus, he is very affordable for the Bruins, too. This also would allow them to sign other free agents as well.
The Bruins cannot go into next season being pushed around again, so a Bogosian signing should be encouraged.