Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issued a press release Tuesday afternoon announcing that forward Marco Sturm underwent successfulsurgery to repair his right knee. The surgery entailed ACL reconstruction, MCL repair and partial lateral meniscectomy and was performed by Dr. Peter Asnis at Massachusetts General Hospital. Sturm injured the knee in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals when he pushed off to make a check on Flyers defenseman Matt Carle and torqued his knee on the ice at TD Garden. Sturm is expected to rehab for six months.

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held a press conference on Tuesday morning at the Bruins breakdown day and said that Boston will be making some roster changes during the summer after evaluating the season with the team's professional scouts as well as coach Claude Julien and his staff.

Former Bruin Aaron Ward, who is serving as an analyst for NHL coverage on Versus, joined the Dale & Holley show Tuesday to talk about the Stanley Cup playoffs. Ward said the Bruins were in a difficult situation in their series vs. the Flyers. "It's tough to overcome the loss of your two top scorers in Marco Sturm and David Krejci. And then couple that with Philadelphia getting back Simon Gagne. That's a tough one to deal with," said Ward, who finished this season with the Anaheim Ducks.

 

Bruins goaltender and reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas spoke about his upcoming role on the team after having been usurped for the No. 1 spot in the crease by rookie Tuukka Rask in the second half of the 2009-10 season. Thomas signed a four-year $20 million contract extension last summer and has a no-trade clause in his contract though the speculation is that general manager Peter Chiarelli will have no choice but to try and move Thomas's contract.

Bruins rookie defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who becomes a Category 6 unrestricted free agent because he has less than 80 games of service time in the NHL but is also older than age 26, said on Tuesday morning that his first priority is to re-sign with the Bruins this summer. Boychuk said that his agents, Gerry Johannson and Steve Kotlowitz, have not begun discussions with general manager Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins yet but he hopes that the process can get going after a short vacation and return to Edmonton for the summer.

 

The Bruins are breaking down and heading out for the summer at TD Garden on Tuesday morning and questions abound for the plethora of restricted and unrestricted free agents that dot the roster. One of the most prominent, unrestricted free agent Dennis Seidenberg, who was acquired by general manager Peter Chiarelli at the trade deadline in March, said Tuesday morning that his agent has been in contact with Chiarelli and he hopes that a deal will be worked out soon as to avoid free agency when it begins in July.

 

Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli have some big decisions to make. (AP)Now come the questions.

Does Peter Chiarelli fire Claude Julien on Tuesday? Do Jeremy and Charlie Jacobs decide to axe Chiarelli before the draft? What do you do about Tim Thomas?



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Bruins vice president Cam Neely called in to The Big Show on Monday afternoon to to talk about the Bruins' collapse in the Eastern Conference semifinals and discuss the future of the club with offseason personnel decisions looming. "We’re going to look top to bottom," Neely said. "Obviously, when you don’t win the last game of the hockey season, you have to improve your club, so we’re looking at all ways at doing what we need to do to improve the club."

 

After a weekend to let the biggest playoff collapse in Bruins history sink in, we’re ready to take a look at the Bruins’ season in review, a year that started with high hopes of a potential dominant Stanley Cup contender.



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The Bruins lost a 3-0 series lead and a 3-0
lead in Game 7 on the way to elimination. (AP)That is a fitting end to one of the most frustrating seasons in the history of the Boston Bruins.



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