For weeks now we've heard the Boston Bruins attached to forwards Wayne Simmonds and Artemi Panarin in trade rumors. 

Panarin would be the sniper the Bruins need to balance out their top 6, however he's likely the most expensive trade piece on the block at the moment. 

Yesterday Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic revealed that the Bruins would have to give up a first round pick, Trent Frederic and one of Ryan Donato or Urho Vaakanainen to land Panarin. 

That's likely a price way too expensive for general manager Don Sweeney's taste. 

Will the team focus on Simmonds?

Like Panarin, Simmonds is UFA after this season however would be cheaper to land in trade and cheaper to re-sign than Panarin. 

NHL inisder Pierre LeBrun believes that the likely landing places for Simmonds are Boston and Tampa Bay. 

Sweeney likely wouldn't get into a bidding war with Tampa, however the Bruins have more flexibility than the Lightning. 

It'll be an interesting story line to follow. 

Source: Pierre Lebrun
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