Bruins targeting help on defense

Some trade targets:

Chris Phillips, Ottawa. The Bruins have a strong Ottawa connection, starting with general manager Peter Chiarelli, formerly the Senators’ assistant GM. Phillips, unrestricted after this season, would be reunited with Chara and Chris Kelly.

Andrew MacDonald, Islanders. The 27-year-old is the best bargain in the league. MacDonald, who earns $550,000 annually, logs 25:57 of ice time per game, fifth-most in the NHL. MacDonald plays in all situations, including shutdown shifts against top forwards. MacDonald, unrestricted after this season, will be in line for a career score.

Kyle Quincey, Detroit. The Red Wings, hammered by injuries all season, are in danger of missing the playoffs. If the Wings fall even more as the deadline approaches, they might be in the unfamiliar position of becoming sellers. The 28-year-old Quincey isn’t as physical as Phillips. Quincey relies on his skating to move the puck.

Henrik Tallinder, Buffalo. The 35-year-old relies on smarts and positioning to fend off attackers. Tallinder’s experience was the main reason Sweden picked the veteran for the Olympics over youngsters such as Victor Hedman and Jonas Brodin. Tallinder would be a respected and welcome presence in the room and on the ice. New Buffalo GM Tim Murray is eager to acquire assets.