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Let’s start by fully admitting the Boston Bruins still have a metric ton to accomplish when it comes to building their roster for next season.

They still have to land one, if not two, legit defensemen including one that should be a left-shot, top-4 D-man capable of playing big minutes and bringing veteran poise to a young group of defensemen. Call it the “Ryan Suter” role if you will because that’s the kind of guy that would be a perfect fit for the Black and Gold. They still need a right wing that can score goals in a top-9 role, and they need energetic, physical new faces in a fourth line makeover that’s happening on the fly.

That’s quite a shopping list for a team that made it to the second round of the playoffs this spring and was in the Stanley Cup Final just a couple of seasons ago.

The B’s didn’t land Conor Garland or Oliver Ekman-Larsson as they got shipped to Vancouver in exchange for mostly salary cap considerations, and they weren’t in on a number of big-name defensemen that changed NHL addresses. But they locked up Taylor Hall to a tidy, team-friendly $6 million cap hit for the next four seasons in his prime NHL years, and they drafted a game-breaking scorer in 18-year-old Swedish winger Fabian Lysell.

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Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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