It was unlikely that the Bruins were ever going to land Rick Nash, but there were undoubtedly still some B's fans hoping that general manager Peter Chiarelli would swing a trade for the talented forward.
The Rangers eventually swooped in and nabbed the five-time All-Star, though, forcing Boston to find other ways to improve its offense. The Bruins don't need to improve drastically, as they were still second in the league in goals per game last season, but the power play could certainly use some work.
Nash would have given the Bruins some scoring punch, but Chiarelli ultimately decided the cost was too high. With Zach Parise also out of the free-agency mix, it looks like the B's probably won't make a big splash before the season — assuming there is a season.
Nathan Horton should help improve Boston's offense upon his return, and the Bruins have a talented crop returning. However, there's always going to be those who clamor for the big move.