What the Boston Bruins need is an elite-level, three-zone defenseman to succeed Eddie Shore, Bobby Orr, Brad Park, Raymond Bourque and, most recently, Zdeno Chara.

There doesn’t seem to be any disagreement on that, but take the discussion even a single step further and it becomes a confusing debate weaving unacknowledged layers of various ideals in team-building philosophies, various assessments of what wins in today’s NHL (ie. how big is the speed/skill trend and is the heavy game dead?), and various assessments (or in some cases a complete disregard) of the Bruins’ personnel and what goals are appropriate given their career stages (ie. they have a lot of young players in the NHL lineup right now).