On paper, there’s still an awful lot to like about the 2020-21 Boston Bruins.
Despite their showing in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against a wagon of a Lightning team up in the Toronto bubble, Boston’s established veteran core and a slew of young talent offers a strong foundation for which Don Sweeney and the organization’s upper management can build upon.
Yes, the potential departure of Torey Krug and another year around the sun for the likes of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci loom large entering a new campaign.
But the case could be made that this core — if aided by the injection of a legitimate top-six talent and supplemented by the continued strides of youngsters like Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, Brandon Carlo and others — still has at least one more legitimate shot at the Cup before hard questions must be asked about the future of this roster.
Putting this talented — albeit flawed — roster over the top in hopes of one more deep run with the likes of Bergeron, Krejci and potentially Zdeno Chara leading the way would likely be the amenable course for many, especially given the evident talent still present with this team.
Amenable? Yes. Preferred? Yes.
But for Cam Neely and the Bruins' top brass, the true burden of this offseason may not be the challenge involved with putting the pieces in place to orchestrate another run. Rather, it might be coming to terms with the fact that reloading on the fly — and offering the promise of playoff hockey deep into the spring and summer of 2021 — might not be the most realistic course of action for this Original Six franchise.