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From the Farm: 2020/2021 Outlook

In this post, I will be creating a Bruins roster based on three factors. One, all UFAs do not resign. Two, all RFAs resign. Three, no trades or free agent signings occur. This process is meant to determine how reliable our non roster players are to the team’s future and what the team’s biggest needs are.

UFAs Leaving

Joakim Nordstrom, Torey Krug, Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller, Ryan Fitzgerald, Alex Petrovic, Maxime Legacé

Returning Forwards

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ondrej Kase

Anders Bjork - Charlie Coyle - Karson Khulman

Nick Ritchie- Sean Kuraly - Chris Wagner

Potential Scratches: Par Lindholm, Brett Ritchie, Zach Senyshyn, Jack Studnicka, Anton Blidh and Trent Frederic

Returning Defenders

Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy

Urho Vaakanainen - Brandon Carlo

Jeremy Lauzon - Connor Clifton

Potential Scratches: John Moore, Steven Kampfer and Jakub Zboril

Returning Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask

Potential Scratches: Jaroslav Halak and Dan Vladar

Thoughts

How does this team look to you? What are the biggest strengths and weaknesses that you see?

It's fair to say that at least one of Chara or Krug will be resigned from free agency. This will make the situation on LD a little more manageable. With capable replacements like Lindholm, Frederic and Studnicka, the forward group can hold their own for a regular season and then benefit from one or two deadline acquisitions to beef up for the playoffs. With the Bruins' salary cap as tight as it is, especially after offseason signings, it would be best to stick with what we've got internally, as Don Sweeney typically does. Once the Seattle draft comes and goes, the future needs in Boston will be more clear.

Share what you think we should use from the farm to fill the gaps in this team left by UFAs.



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