The Bruins' summer can’t officially begin until the team's braintrust is in place for offseason strategy meetings. That should be settled soon enough with assistant general manager Jim Benning moving on to run the Vancouver Canucks.
It wouldn’t be shocking if one or two members of the B’s organization make the move west with Benning (assistant coach Doug Houda makes the most sense if he is in the running for the head coaching job), but otherwise the Bruins should digging their heels in for a long, important summer of reflection, examination and improvement on exactly what went wrong this season.
“We fell short in the second round, which disappoints everybody so we want to reevaluate where we think we could improve upon, and look at that as opposed to major overhauls,” said Bruins team president CAM NEELY at the season-ending press conference earlier this week. “I think when we have the regular season we had, especially the stretch from March in to April, that wasn’t luck.
“We were a good team and we still feel we have a good team and maybe need a few tweaks.”
The word of the summer should be “tweaks” for the Black and Gold, but here are five predictions for the offseason as it winds toward the real commencement at the NHL draft next month.