Boston Bruins Players Who Will Benefit and Suffer Most from the NHL Lockout

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Boston Bruins Players Who Will Benefit and Suffer Most from the NHL Lockout
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Naturally, it is in the Boston Bruins’ collective best interest to restore normalcy in a swift manner.

If not for the NHL lockout, a nearly unruffled core group would be assembling at Ristuccia Arena this Friday, Sept. 21 after nearly five months of physical and psychological recuperation.

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.

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