5 Biggest Boston Bruins Rumors Headed into 2014 Offseason

Playoff Disappointment Leads to Crucial Offseason for Boston Bruins

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For the Boston Bruins, the disappointment of losing in the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs to the rival Montreal Canadiens will last all summer and spill over into the 2014-15 season. But headed into this offseason, the Bruins have plenty of questions regarding player personnel to improve on the best regular season team in the NHL. The key for this team is to build from within, and use prospects to fill spots in their lineup.

5. How much will Torey Krug command?

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USA Today Sports-Rick Osentoski

5. How much will Torey Krug command?

Torey Krug Boston Bruins
USA Today Sports-Rick Osentoski

Torey Krug will be a restricted free agent this summer, meaning he is under Boston's control. Krug led the Bruins with 10 playoff points and all rookie defensemen in the regular season in points with 40. A puck moving defenseman is what Boston needs, and the undrafted Michigan State product is in for a big payday.

4. Find Roster Space for Ryan Spooner

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USA Today Sports-Jerome Miron

4. Find Roster Space for Ryan Spooner

Ryan Spooner Boston Bruins
USA Today Sports-Jerome Miron

In 23 games with the big club this season, Ryan Spooner put up 11 assists while showing elusiveness, strong skating and a poise in all three ends of the rink. Unlike Chris Kelly, Spooner has a natural scoring ability that makes him a weapon. Combined with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson, this trio could be a high-scoring third line in 2014-15.

3. Shawn Thornton Remains a Bruin

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USA Today Sports-Greg M. Cooper

3. Shawn Thornton Remains a Bruin

Shawn Thornton Boston Bruins
USA Today Sports-Greg M. Cooper

Even though Shawn Thornton made a grave error in his beating of Brooks Orpik, he is still a valuable asset to the Bruins. His toughness makes other teams responsible for going after the Bruins' stars. But unlike other pugilists around the league, Thornton can still play hockey. Unlike say, John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres, Thornton can skate, shoot and play a responsible game. If he takes a team friendly contract, he'll stay in Boston.

2. Jarome Iginla Will Stay in Boston If the Price is Right

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USA Today Sports-Greg M. Cooper

2. Jarome Iginla Will Stay in Boston If the Price is Right

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USA Today Sports-Greg M. Cooper

Jarome Iginla, even at the ripe old age of 36, still put up 30 goals for the Bruins. He wound up making million last season, but only with a .8 million cap hit. If Iginla is willing to resign in Boston, say a two-year, million deal with bonuses, he could have another shot at the Cup in Boston. But, if he is looking for a more lucrative deal, he may walk away and head to another Cup contender.

1. Will Malcolm Subban be the Backup to Tuukka Rask, or Trade Bait?

Malcolm Subban Boston Bruins
USA Today Sports-Bob DeChiara

1. Will Malcolm Subban be the Backup to Tuukka Rask, or Trade Bait?

Malcolm Subban Boston Bruins
USA Today Sports-Bob DeChiara

Boston clearly has a No. 1 goaltender in Tuukka Rask. But, with backup Chad Johnson likely seeking a starting role somewhere else this season, the backup spot opens once again. Providence has Malcolm Subban and Nicholas Svedberg coming through the ranks, the younger Subban could be an enticing trade centerpiece. Would Peter Chiarelli pull the trigger on trading a young goaltender for a top flight forward or defenseman if the offer comes?

Tim Culverhouse is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter and add him to your Google+ circle for more.

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