Bruins of the next generation; Waiting for the end

It feels like there’s nothing left to do but wait for it all to be over.

The Edmonton Oilers avoided elimination this weekend by defeating the Florida Panthers 8-1 to send the Stanley Cup Final back to Florida for a Game 5. All parties involved certainly want this series to go all the way. , i.e. the teams and their players, the league, the residents of Edmonton and South Florida, as well as advertisers and television networks.

But for those without a horse in the race, seeing this series extend beyond tomorrow night only delays the start of the NHL offseason, where every team has a vested interest.

I guess what I’m saying is that if this series reaches a Game 7, it better end with Connor McDavid and the Oilers hoisting the Stanley Cup. Otherwise it will all be a huge waste of time.

In the meantime, here’s what everyone in the NHL is planning.

Next generation Bruins:

From Boston Hockey Now columnist Mick Colageo: Don Sweeney has his final opportunity in front of him to spark the next version of the Boston Bruins, and while the copycat National Hockey League tends to come up with many an impostor, it’s imperative that Sweeney identifies the players that the Bruins can make the real deal.

Delay in Devils deal for Markstrom:

The New Jersey Devils are still looking for a goaltender. And while they have been linked to the Bruins and Linus Ullmark, they have also been continually linked to Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom. However, it appears there has been no movement on a potential Devils trade.

Flyers Trade Rumors:

The Philadelphia Flyers have made it clear that even though they exceeded expectations last season, they are still very much in the rebuilding phase.

Whether or not Morgan Frost will be around to see it end is unclear at this point, as he has been at the center of a number of trade rumors as of late. That includes Patrik Laine, who could find a fresh start with the Flyers.

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