Naturally, it is in the Boston Bruins’ collective best interest to restore normalcy in a swift manner.
They would be keen on repeating the same basic outcome of the 2011-12 regular season and redeeming their shortcoming in the postseason, which saw their Stanley Cup title defense cut off in a mere seven games.
Still, there is a silver-lining to everything and roughly a handful of forwards in Boston’s organization could stand to make the most of the NHL’s extension on summer.
On the other hand, a sprinkling of young players, who were preparing to step into a bigger role or build upon a breakout campaign, are in danger of a drawback.
Leaving aside the rest of the core group, who would be best served by getting back to NHL action but to a less urgent extent, the Bruins’ most prominent prospective lockout beneficiaries and sufferers are as follows.