3 Boston Bruins Not Expected Back Next Season

The Boston Bruins were historically good during the 2022-23 regular season but unfortunately for them, were historically bad during their epic collapse to the hands of the Florida Panthers. There's changes on the way in Bean Town, expect to see a number of players not return, including the following:

Nick Foligno

The 35-year-old forward is a pending unrestricted free agent and look for the Bruins to focus on other players to fill their depth roles. Foligno has struggled in Boston and was unable to be consistently productive for long stretches. He finished this season with 26 points in 60 games and will likely be signing a contract much less than $3.8 million annually this summer. 

Patrice Bergeron

Based on the way the hugs were flying as the Bruins left the ice in tears, Patrice Bergeron could be headed for retirement. He was playing through injury and through a lot off the ice and all the grinding from the past two decades has finally caught up to the future first ballot hall of famer. Bergeron is everything Boston and it will be strange to not see him on the ice next season if retirement is indeed the plan.

Dmitry Orlov

Given the Bruins cap resources heading into the offseason, it's very likely Dmitry Orlov signs with another team. He's likely getting $6 million or so on the open market per season and the Bruins have a number of holes to fill and just over $10 million in cap space to work with. Orlov played well as a Bruin and unexpected heads home after the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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