A future Hall of Famer, an endeared enforcer and an underpublicized instructor and builder have all bolted the Boston Bruins. On the flip side, a promising person and place with presumptive roles in the franchise’s future have surfaced.
All of this happened before the Bruins reached the essential midway point of their 2014 offseason.
If one defines the team’s summer as spanning its last playoff game (May 14) through the commencement of training camp (Sept. 18), that midway point fell this past week. Specifically, Thursday marked the dividing barrier between the first nine weeks of the offseason and the nine still to come.
One can expect replacements, re-signings and maybe a few exports and imports before formal team functions resume. The returnees will need to play their own role in compensating for key departures, and a few will have personal foundations to build upon.
The following slides recap the developments behind those impending preseason storylines and more events so far in the Spoked-B's summer.
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