Boston Bruins

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders and Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins shake hands following Game Six of the Second Round of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Coliseum on June 09, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Bruins 6-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Well, what the hell else are we going to talk about now?

The Boston Bruins’ season is over, and if they didn’t come to a major organizational crossroad in the previous 3-4 seasons, it’s absolutely here now. If the Jacobs family, Cam Neely, and Don Sweeney all intend to continue building toward contention for a Stanley Cup, then significant upgrades and modifications are needed on the roster.

It’s a major crossroad because it involves veteran pieces, some who have been here a long time and others who have been here a few months. And it’s also an important offseason because it’s as obvious as ever that the Bruins roster is not built to consistently go deep in the playoffs, beat the best competition, and actually close the deal for a Stanley Cup championship.

The 2019 Cup Final is an aberration, an outlier. This is a team that’s generally not good enough to get past the second round. So what can be done to overcome this big, ugly hump? Partly, to get big and ugly. So without further ado, here’s an early look at the big-picture needs and decisions facing the Bruins in the summer of 2021.

Bruins Postgame Podcast: What Went Wrong?

Well, that sucked. The Bruins’ season is over after losing 6-2 to the New York Islanders in Game 6, and Matt Dolloff and Ty Anderson of 98.5 The Sports Hub are here to break it all down in their final Bruins postgame podcast of 2020-21.

Among the topics discussed: a near-total no-show for the Bruins, outside of a pair of goals by Brad Marchand; Boston’s continued lack of size and depth on defense killing them in the end; a lack of finish and reliability in the forward group; Tuukka Rask’s bad performance and whether it’s the final game of his career; and the kinds of changes that the Bruins need to make on the roster in what will be a huge offseason.

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Matt Dolloff is a writer and podcaster for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff and follow him on Instagram @mattydsays. You can also email him at