Patrice Bergeron will be back with a long-term deal, but the Bruins have some upgrades to make. (Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
The sting of Monday night’s bitter Game 6 loss hasn’t begun to subside, but the front office staff of the Boston Bruins doesn’t have the luxury of waiting around until everyone gets over it. As well their team performed en route to 14 playoff victories, the B’s still came up short in the end. They were a little too slow. They didn’t have enough finish. They’re lost their cool. And that means changes are coming for an organization that wants to be the best.
There’s not a lot of sex appeal to any of the options they have at hand, but given the restraints that Boston faces under a diminished $64.3 million salary cap, the quiet potential of some long-simmering prospects offers their only real chance to get back to the Cup final in 2014.
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The Bruins have eight of their top-12 forwards under contract through the end of the 2014-15 season. Patrice Bergeron, who can become a UFA next summer, is expected to sign a long, lucrative deal over the next few weeks that will carry him into the golden years of his career in Boston. That makes nine. Shawn Thornton was reduced to spare part status in the Cup final when the injury to Gregory Campbell dissolved the fourth line, but he could be given a short-term extension as well to carry him past next summer.