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Boston Bruins Might Be Left With a Void at Left Wing

The Boston Bruins have been grappling with the center position ever since longtime forwards Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci retired. While Pavel Zacha and Charlie Coyle have stepped up admirably, the team is still in search of their top-six center for the future. With free agency approaching on July 1, General Manager Don Sweeney is exploring all options to fill this crucial gap.

Additionally, the left wing position needs attention. Besides captain Brad Marchand, the Bruins have had to replace key players like Taylor Hall and Tyler Bertuzzi recently. Jake DeBrusk, naturally a left-side forward, has been playing on the right for the past two seasons. Other forwards who have played on the left include Danton Heinen, James Van Riemsdyk, Patrick Maroon, and Jakub Lauko. As the offseason progresses, all these forwards are now free agents, with only Heinen in talks to return for the 2024-25 season.

The Bruins’ elimination in the second round by the Florida Panthers was largely due to inconsistent scoring and a lack of high-danger chances. This issue partly arose from subpar center play, but another factor was the absence of forwards capable of driving the lines like David Pastrnak and Marchand. The team needs another forward who can score 30-plus goals to relieve some of the pressure on Pastrnak. The departures of Hall and Bertuzzi were more impactful than anticipated. It is up to Don Sweeney to find an effective offensive winger to bring more stability and balanced scoring to the team.

Boston Bruins Might Be Left With a Void At Left Wing

The free agent market for left wingers is relatively thin, headlined by Jake Guentzel, Bertuzzi, Teuvo Teravainen, and Jonathan Marchessault. Although Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos is a free agent, he is likely to re-sign with his current team. So where will Sweeney find adequate scoring on the wing? A trade might be necessary, with Heinen being a potential bottom-six option.

While the center position is Boston’s most pressing need, securing a skilled winger is also crucial. The Bruins have some cap space to address this issue, especially if DeBrusk ends up moving to a new team.

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