A wrap on the Bruins

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A wrap on the Bruins

At this time yesterday, we were counting down the hours to Game 7, chomping at the bit to see the Bruins extend their season and take the next step in their Stanley Cup defense.

Today, we're scrambling to erase Game 7 from memory. Counting on happy, still fresh highlights from last year's title and ensuing summer of madness to keep the depression at bay.

"Hey, you can't win every year . . . We'll always have 2011!"

And it's true. No matter what happens from here on out, Bruins fans will always have 2011. The same way Celtics fans are still grasping to 2008, Sox fans still lean on 2007 and Pats fans are still rolling off the good vibes of three titles in four years (although 11 straight winning seasons certainly helps), the memories fostered from last year's Cup will be there as a constant consolation for the foreseeable future or until there's another one to replace it.

But while last year's success is a source of comfort, it's also a little haunting. Because in getting the chance to experience that victory, we all know how great it feels. How much fun it is to watch the Cup parade around the world and the Bruins players screw their way through every bar in Boston. To put it another way, we all know what we're missing. The Stanley Cup is no longer some fantastic, far-fetched dream; it's real. And this year, it's headed somewhere else. Today, that knowledge stings like a slap shot to the face, and will probably linger (at least a little) until another champion is crowned and the NHL falls out of a season.

But moving forward, and before long, today's depression will take a back seat to lasting memory 2011's greatness.

And thank God for that.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Capitals for a 1st, conditional 2nd, and a prospect. Mike Felger believes if the Bruins were to trade Zdeno Chara, they might be able to get two 1st round picks.

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

Washington sent a 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2018 second-round pick, forward Zach Sanford and minor leaguer Brad Malone to St. Louis in the deal that also sent former Capitals goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley to the Blues.

The teams announced the deal Monday night.

Shattenkirk, 28, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 42 points on 11 goals and 31 assists this season and has 66 goals and 218 assists in 471 NHL games

He counts $4.25 million against the salary cap this season. The Blues retained 39 percent of his salary.

Shattenkirk is a right-handed-shooting defenseman who adds more depth and offense to the Capitals' blue line.