Boston Bruins: 3 Items That Should Top Their Holiday Wish List

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Boston Bruins: 3 Items That Should Top Their Holiday Wish List
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If and when the NHL community’s universal holiday wish for an end to the lockout comes true, the Boston Bruins will need a little help from fate and fortune to sustain their status.

The winners of three of the last four Northeast Division titles figure to start their next season without Tim Thomas, their two-time Vezina Trophy winner and 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient. Depending on the terms of the NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement, their ability to trade Thomas could be crucial to keeping the rest of their 2011 Stanley Cup holdovers.

For the sake of sustaining relevance and regional interest, the Bruins must ensure minimal change to their landscape. Smoothly replacing Thomas looks like a necessity and can be done, but consistent and adequate support for the new net-minder from a deep strike force must also be ensured.

With those priorities in mind, here is what the New England hockey faithful should hope for over the holidays and into the new year.

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