Grading the Boston Bruins 2013 Offseason

September 26th, 2013 by Chris Blanchard Leave a reply »

The Boston Bruins are nearing the end of an uncharacteristically transaction-packed offseason, and now it's time to reflect on the changes made by GM Peter Chiarelli. Eight players who suited up during Boston's run to the Stanley Cup Final are no longer with the team, but the Bruins front office has still managed to put together a contender. 

The offseason kicked off with the NHL draft less than a week after the end of the Stanley Cup Final. Without a first round pick, the Bruins had little chance of finding NHL-ready talent, but they did manage to get a pair of potential steals in Peter Cehlarik and Ryan Fitzgerald. Both raw, teenage forwards have elite upsides, but they could be years away from the big time. Second-rounder Linus Arnesson is the most likely to make an NHL impact in the next few years, but the conservative defender is hardly on the fast track himself. 

Only after the draft did the major changes begin to happen. When free agency opened on July 1, the list of available 2013 Bruins was headlined by Nathan Horton, Jaromir Jagr, Andrew Ference and Anton Khudobin. 

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