Boston Bruins

Ty Anderson

Bruins’ greatest issues reared head at worst possible time

Realistically speaking, the Bruins' season ended the way it should have. At the end of the day, the Bruins fell in the second round against a better, more complete, deeper team. But that second-round fall also came in the fashion that you would've perhaps bet on being the most likely ending back in September, again in February, and even at times during their first-round win over the Maple Leafs. When push came to shove, the Bruins simply didn't have enough pop. Operating with an absolutely ravaged salary cap after a failed 'all in' 2022-23 year, and wading through a frozen trade market that forced you to choose between relief or market value returns (the Bruins opted for the former when they sent Taylor Hall to Chicago for two AHL defensemen), Bruins general manager Don Sweeney stressed value over all else in free agency. Not that he had any other option. And while that value delivered more than anybody could've expected in what was a 109-point season, Boston's second-round series against the Panthers exposed its limitations.

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