2013 NHL Season: 5 Items the Boston Bruins Need to Address

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2013 NHL Season: 5 Items the Boston Bruins Need to Address
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With the NHL lockout over and, apparently, either a 48-game or 50-game season in store for the next three-plus months, the Boston Bruins have pivotal adjustments to make.

The whole 2012-13 season will practically be a big homestretch, which will amplify any given team’s past strengths and weaknesses from the second half of the last season. That is unless, of course, those teams find a way to remedy the latter.

It will be strictly on head coach Claude Julien and company to address that. Meanwhile, it will be on general manager Peter Chiarelli to help Julien work with returning and arriving personnel and around the temporary or permanent absence of other key cogs.

Whether it is on sheets of ice or sheets of paper, the Bruins’ five most immediate issues entering the condensed campaign are assessed as follows.

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