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The Boston Bruins are in the middle of one of their worst seasons of recent memory, and they are holding on to the last wild-card spot by a thread. The team has had to overcome bad luck and injuries the entire season, and big changes could be coming sooner than you think.
The Bruins’ main acquisition at the deadline, Brett Connolly, is likely done for the regular season, and the team is going to have to pretend like it didn’t make any deals at the deadline.
With that in mind, here are five burning questions for the Bruins after the NHL trade deadline.

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The Bruins, as constructed, have the 11th-worst offense in the NHL, and they have scored 2.64 goals per game. The defense has been a little better, as it ranks 11th overall in goals-against per game with a mark of 2.51.
With these numbers in mind, it is clear that the Bruins offense isn’t going to carry them, and their only hope will be if Tuukka Rask can play out of his mind. 
Rask is 25-16-10 this year with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. These numbers aren’t his best, but they have been respectable, to say the least. He has shown in the past that he can shut the door when needed, but can he get back to the level necessary to steal a series?

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When it comes to general managers, Peter Chiarelli is one of the most overrated in the NHL. He has done very little to put his touch on this roster, except for dealing Tyler Seguin to Dallas. 
New York Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton, during a brief run as the Bruins’ GM, signed Zdeno Chara, traded Andrew Raycroft for Tuukka Rask and drafted Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Phil Kessel.
Other top players Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci were already in the system, so you can see that the core of this roster was in place before Chiarelli was in charge. Chiarelli put the Bruins in cap hell by giving Jarome Iginla a bonus-filled contract that Boston is paying off this season, and that deal may be his downfall.
While Chiarelli gets a lot of credit for being a savvy general manager, could this be his final year in charge if Boston fails …Read More