So what, exactly, are we to make of the Boston Bruins?
Gone is power forward Nathan Horton, signed in Columbus to an epic contract. Gone is explosive young forward Tyler Seguin, sent to Dallas in a blockbuster deal. Gone is center Rich Peverley, moved in that deal as well. Gone is future Hall of Fame winger Jaromir Jagr, a salary cap casualty.
But the Bruins have added an elite all-around winger in Loui Eriksson and another future Hall of Fame winger in Jarome Iginla. Eriksson will play on the left side, perhaps with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
Iginla will get a chance to revive his 30-goal form on the right side, perhaps with center David Krejci and left winger Milan Lucic,
Boston is expecting bigger things from forwards Carl Soderberg, a late-season addition from Europe, and Jordan Caron.
“When you have an Iginla and you have an Eriksson and you have those guys who are going to be battling, including Jordan Caron, who is now into his fourth year . . . I think we have a lot of depth,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters.
All of this movement helped the Bruins balance the books so Bergeron could get an eight-year extension and Tuukka Rask could get an eight-year deal.
The Bruins will be right back in the Stanley Cup chase.