(The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!)

Last Season In Emojis

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Last Season, In Summary

The Boston Bruins had some new division mates in the revamped Atlantic Division, but the story ended the same way as it has in the (R.I.P.) Northeast Division. A 54-19-9 (117 pts.) not only helped the Bruins win their fourth division title in six years, but also their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1990.

The NHL’s new divisional playoff format, coupled with the realigment had the Bruins facing the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round. After dropping Game 1, Boston won four straight to set up a meeting with hated rival Montreal, their sixth playoff series against the Canadiens since 2002. The series was controversial and emotional and ended in disappointment for the Bruins, as Montreal moved on with a 3-1 victory in Game 7. Boston had built up a 3-2 series lead, but managed to score only once in the final two games.

General manager Peter Chiarelli faced a salary cap crunch over the summer, one that left most of the roster from 2013-14 back for 2014-15. There still might be another move or two in the cards,

Last Season’s Definitive Highlight

Shake Milan Lucic‘s hand the right way or he will threaten to kill you.

Off-Season Transactions

Chiarelli wanted to bring Jarome Iginla back for another year, but the two sides couldn’t agree to an extension and the Bruins GM decided against dismantling his roster had a deal been struck. He would head back …read more