The Bruins knew what they were taking on when they made some significant roster changes this season.

Despite making it to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals last June, the Bruins front office opted to go with young defensemen instead of proven veterans like Andrew Ference, and replaced popular players like Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton with new faces in Loui Eriksson and Jarome Iginla.

There have been some turbulent ups and downs through the team’s first 56 games of the season, and it’s taken some time to fully integrate all the new talent into the established core. But there’s also been plenty to like while watching the Black and Gold go through a 7-1-2 run in their last 10 games, with just a final Saturday meeting against the Senators left on the docket before the Olympic break.

“They’ve played well aside from the Montreal game (a 4-1 loss last week), and you’ve got to take that game as an outlier,” said general manager Peter Chiarelli. “We’re moving the puck well, the power play has been good, the [penalty killing] has been doing well and the goalies have been good. We’re on a good stretch now. We’ve got [26] games left now. We’re in a pretty good spot.

"But my initial instinct was to add depth, and that remains."

Clearly the Bruins are in a good place. They hold a seven-point lead over the Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division, with a game in hand, and are just six points behind Pittsburgh, on whom they also have a game in hand, for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The new blood has breathed life into a previously stagnant power play, and their 169 overall goals are tied for seventh in the NHL. Defensively they remain strong, with their 123 goals allowed — only 2.1 per game – ranking best in the league.

But the Bruins could use a little more team speed overall -- as was obvious in the loss to the speedy, skilled Habs -- and ideally want a top-four level veteran defenseman who's a left-handed shot and an unrestricted free agent. Their aim is to have eight quality NHL-caliber defensemen entering the playoffs (four left shots, four right shots), and would want to add a player with the strength, experience and toughness to replace the injured Dennis Seidenberg.