DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

One of the Bruins’ most promising players selected in the 2015 draft suffered a frightening injury Friday night.

One of the Bruins’ most promising players selected in the 2015 draft suffered a frightening injury Friday night.

Though he was the Bruins’ sixth selection (52nd overall), defenseman Jeremy Lauzon may have jumped ahead of some of his draft classmates thanks to a strong season in the QMJHL. His playoffs with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies were put on hold, however, when he took a skate to the neck Friday. Lauzon, who was bleeding heavily, was rushed to the hospital.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported after the game that Lauzon had suffered a neck laceration and required surgery.

Lauzon is the second Bruins prospect in a matter of months to suffer an injury in the neck area. Malcolm Subban’s regular season was cut short when he took a puck to the throat and required surgery on his larynx back in February.

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DJ Bean
Matt Beleskey

Matt Beleskey

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said at Thursday’s press conference that in addition to David Krejci, who is having hip surgery to fix a femoroacetabular impingement, two other Bruins are possibilities to have surgery this offseason.

Sweeney noted that Matt Beleskey (hand) and Torey Krug (shoulder) could require procedures. Krug missed only one game all season, while Beleskey missed two.

“Matt Beleskey had a hand injury that he’s taking care of,” Sweeney said. “Torey has a shoulder that we’re continuing to evaluate. There’s a possibility there as well, a strong possibility.”

Krejci’s surgery will be done by Brian Kelly, who has previously done hip surgeries for Krejci and Tim Thomas.

“He feels good that this will be done, it will be behind him, and he will be arguably a top center again in the league,” Sweeney said of Krejci. “We feel great about that. To have that one-two punch for us is really important.”

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DJ Bean

Bruins forward Frank Vatrano was named a co-recipient of the Dudley Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s most outstanding rookie for the 2015-16 season.

Bruins forward Frank Vatrano was named a co-recipient of the Dudley Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s most outstanding rookie for the 2015-16 season.

Vatrano split the award with Avalanche prospect and 2015 10th overall pick Mikko Rantanen, who had more points than Vatrano but played far more games. Rantanen had 24 goals and 36 assists for 60 points in 51 games, while Vatrano led the AHL with 34 goals despite playing in only 34 games. Vatrano added 17 assists for a total of 51 points.

The first-year pro and East Longmeadow native played more NHL games than AHL games this season, as he scored eight goals and added three assists for 11 points in 39 games for Boston.

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DJ Bean

Speaking at Thursday’s press conference, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said he did not intend to make drastic changes to the Bruins’ roster.

Don Sweeney

Don Sweeney

Speaking at Thursday’s press conference, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said he did not intend to make drastic changes to the Bruins’ roster.

Sweeney, who will enter his second offseason as Bruins general manager, said his priority is to add to what the Bruins have rather than rapidly shipping players out. The Bruins currently have 11 NHL players under contract for next season.

“I don’t believe we need a major overhaul,” Sweeney said. “I believe we need to continue to forge depth in the organization. When you go through these times where you have injuries and you have players that have to be able to step in, you have to have a plan that allows players to develop at the right time that they’re supposed rather than force a player. At times, when you don’t have the depth overall, you can expose a younger player. We’d like to have the patience in that regard.

“People talk about young player integration. David Pastrnak’s a great example of a player that we’re going to have a tremendous amount of patience with and Claude has patience with. [He’s] a very exciting player, a big part of our organization going forward and we need to make sure that we’re developing him in the right manner.”

Sweeney did not say whether he intended to part with any of the Bruins’ free agents. The GM said he discussed each of their futures in the team’s recent exit meetings, but declined to reveal whether he’d told them anything definitive. He did reiterate his preference to sign Loui Eriksson and said he did not regret keeping the player at the trade deadline.

On the subject of buyouts, Sweeney said he would be willing to use them. Jimmy Hayes, for whom the Bruins traded Reilly Smith last offseason, could be a candidate to be bought out of his contract.

“From a buyout perspective, I think everything in the CBA up and down will be at our disposal,” Sweeney said. “The ownership has been very supportive of what we need to do [and] continue to do going forward, and if that’s part of it, that’s part of it. We just need to continue to get better.”

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DJ Bean

Claude Julien will return to the Bruins for a 10th season, but changes are still coming. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports)For all we know, Cam Neely is steaming right now.



Claude Julien returning to the Bruins wasn’t just about the organization deciding to keep their head coach for a 10th season. It was also about Julien’s willingness to return to the organization rather than seek a new gig.