Defenseman Andrew Ference, for instance, will not be re-signed, and his place will likely be filled by Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug, who all played in the playoffs.
“We’re losing not just a good player, but also a leader in the dressing room and everything else,” Julien said of Ference. “He’s always gone above and beyond with the little things in the dressing room and everything that comes with it. He’s been a good teammate, smart.”
Ference played in just 14 of 22 playoff games with two assists.
“He’s been part of this, what we’ve built here. (He brings that) warrior-type of attitude and playing style for his size,” Chiarelli said. “You can’t say enough about his leadership and what he’s brought to our organization. It was a tough conversation to have.”
Forward Jaromir Jagr, the game’s leading active scorer who was acquired at the trading deadline from Dallas, did not score in the postseason, and will also not be back. The 41-year-old native of the Czech Republic, who has been on three teams the last two seasons, hopes to find another in the NHL this summer.
“I thought he spread out our power play, which helped our power play,” Chiarelli said. “I was real happy with Jaromir. I thought he really helped that cause.”
The Bruins have played in nine postseason series the last three years, winning seven of them. They have three division crowns in that time, as well.
“I think for us, the more time we spend together the better we become,” forward Daniel Paille said. “We definitely have some ups and downs. But through the playoffs, I believe that we definitely come together and play for each other. I think it goes a long way and it helps us as a group.”