Pat Maroon sounds off on future with Boston Bruins.

Pat Maroon sounds off on future with Boston Bruins.

The big bruising enforcer shared his thoughts on his NHL future and his future with the Bruins.

Jonathan Larivee

The Boston Bruins have been eliminated from playoff contention and now all eyes are focused on the future and what will come next for one of the National Hockey League's premier franchises.

There will no doubt be significant changes made over the course of the offseason with several Bruins headed for free agency, both restricted and unrestricted, this summer. There are real questions about which Bruins will return and which won't, but during the teams exit interview on Sunday some Bruins made it clear they would prefer to remain in Boston.

On that list was Bruins enforcer Pat Maroon who, while speaking with the media on Sunday, made it clear that he would not only like to prolong his NHL career, but would also welcome a return to Boston next year.

Maroon also gave a few reasons for wanting to return, with his performance this year likely being at the top of that list. Maroon feels the Bruins did not get the best version of him, with the bruising forward coming off of fairly serious back surgery, and he would like to show the Bruins what he can do when fully healthy. Maroon also added that he feels he would be a good mentor for the younger players, and by all accounts that seems like it would indeed be the case.

Whether or not a return for Maroon is in the plans for Bruins general manager Don Sweeney however remains to be seen.