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MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 05: A detail of the Boston Bruins logo is seen during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on November 5, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 5-4. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins are likely to begin this year’s training camp without a key front office presence, as John Ferguson Jr. has departed the organization to become the new assistant general manager of the Arizona Coyotes.

With the organization for the last seven years, Ferguson Jr. had served as the team’s executive director of player personnel, and had been the general manager of the P-Bruins since the start of the 2016-17 season.

Ferguson Jr. helped the Bruins in a variety of ways in his executive director role, and was mainly another voice for Bruins general manager Don Sweeney to lean on in the trade and free agent market, with Ferguson Jr. having prior experience as a general manager with the Maple Leafs from 2003 through 2008. Ferguson Jr. also had experience in an assistant general manager role, having done that for the St. Louis Blues from 1997 through 2003.

“Wishing John Ferguson and his family much success and happiness in joining the Arizona Coyotes,” Sweeney said in a statement. “I enjoyed working with and learning from John as he contributed to the Boston Bruins in multiples areas. He worked tirelessly to strengthen our affiliation agreement with the Providence Bruins as well as contributing valuable insight and experience to personnel decisions throughout the Bruins organization.”

Ferguson Jr. becomes just another departure in an offseason that’s been full of them for the B’s, with Jay Leach off to Seattle as an assistant coach and Jay Pandolfo off to Boston University as an associate coach. And though it wasn’t an outright departure, Chris Kelly also moved out of his player development coordinator role to help run Boston’s bench as an assistant coach.

How the Bruins replace Ferguson Jr. will be an interesting story to watch develop. The Bruins can likely lean on Jamie Langenbrunner and first-year front office exec Adam McQuaid to help Ryan Mougenel’s P-Bruins, but given Ferguson Jr.’s extensive experience in the pro scouting ranks, replacing that at the NHL level may not be the easiest task for Sweeney & Co.

Following a similar path to how they could potentially approach Providence, Ferguson Jr.’s move to Arizona could mean more work for Scott Bradley, who currently serves as a senior advisor to Sweeney, as Bradley also has extensive scouting experience, and was the team’s director of player personnel for over half a decade before moving up the organizational ladder.

The Bruins are expected to open training camp next week.

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