Ryan: Thanks to McAvoy & Carlo deals, Bruins have plenty of options as focus turns to next crop of free agents

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Turning back the clock to the middle of June, the Bruins looked to be in line for a miserable couple of months — and not just because of the events that transpired on June 12. 

While the pain of dropping a championship-clinching game on home ice was still raw when Don Sweeney addressed the media just days later, the Bruins GM had another gut punch to deal with.