Report: Major changes coming to Bruins

That's not to be unexpected after their playoff collapse.



The Boston Bruins broke multiple records during a historic 2022-23 regular season that saw them capture the title of winningest team ever with 65 victories. But as they found out, regular season success means absolutely nothing once the postseason begins. 

They're now officially in the offseason much earlier than anyone anticipated after being knocked out in stunning fashion by the upstart Florida Panthers, who have gone on to further prove that they're for real by currently enjoying a three games to none series lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, the Bruins are left picking up the pieces of what could (and should) have been this spring. 

And with the uncertainty of the futures of veteran forwards Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, don't be surprised to see Bruins general manager Don Sweeney have a busy summer of making changes, according to one NHL source. 

“There’s big roster changes coming in Boston,” an NHL source opined to Boston Hockey Now this past Friday. “Obviously they’ve got the [Patrice] Bergeron and [David] Krejci decisions hanging over them right now but clearly it’s more than that. Look at all those UFA’s they have and look at what little cap space they have. Donny will have to make some trades he may not want to.”

Along with Bergeron and Krejci, the likes of Nick Foligno, Tyler Bertuzzi, Tomas Nosek, Dmitry Orlov, and Connor Clifton all can become unrestricted free agents once the calendar turns to July. Additionally, Trent Frederic, Jakub Lauko, and Jeremy Swayman are set to become restricted free agents. 

It's a guarantee that next year's roster will not look 100% identical to the team that skated off the ice in shame and disbelief at TD Garden after dropping Game 7 against the Panthers, but just how many changes will be made to the team that made NHL history this season?