It’s officially the end of an era for the Bruins.
At least at the center position, anyway, with the retirements of both Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci made official with the statement released by Krejci on Monday morning. Based on the way he spoke at break-up day back in May, Krejci’s retirement felt like an inevitability more than anything else, but it does make the changing of the guard official for Don Sweeney and the Bruins, who will have to do anything and everything they can to put together a center-component roster both now and beyond.
Given the ‘all in’ nature of this past season and its fallout with bonus overages destroying Boston’s cap for the 2023-24 season, that’s going to be an on-the-fly situation for the Black and Gold this upcoming season.
And while there’s not like a surefire, absolutely no-doubter option to replace such legends — if the Bruins had ’em, they would’ve been on display by now — the Bruins are a team with a ton of options to their name when it comes to assembling a roster down the middle.
So, who’s in the mix for Sweeney’s club?
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.