When the Bruins entered last year's playoffs without making any major additions as they did the year prior, resulting in their Stanley Cup victory, everyone questioned whether or not the Bruins had enough to go all the way again.
After falling to the Capitals in the first round, the answer was, obviously not.
Going into next season, the Bruins have failed to make any serious acquisitions, but still have a powerful, effective core led by Zdeno Chara.
The most alarming move of the offseason was Tim Thomas' sudden and abrupt decision to take a season off, which came as an unwelcome and shocking choice.
Now without their two-time Vezina-winning goalie, the team turns to youngster Tuukka Rask, who was last seen dropping a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals to Philadelphia when he was the No. 1 goalie.
Boston still has the pieces to be a force in the East, but the Tim Thomas debacle and the decision not to make another move to improve the team might hurt its chances in the playoffs.
Boston does have third-year pro Tyler Seguin, who is developing at a fantastic rate, and will be ready to take over first-line center duties from Patrice Bergeron in a few seasons.
If the Bruins can find someway to rid themselves of Thomas and Savard's contracts, they will be sitting pretty when the trade deadline rolls around.
Boston will make the playoffs with ease. How far it goes depends on Seguin and Rask. Look for rookie Dougie Hamilton to step up and be groomed to take over a top defensive pairing position in the next few years.
Best Offseason Move
Picking up Thomas' replacement in Niklas Svedberg
Worst Offseason Move
Not moving Tim Thomas' salary off the books to a team trying to reach the cap floor