One of the Achilles heels for the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season was the lack of depth on the blueline when injuries started to pile up in the second-round series against the New York Islanders.
One could argue, that when the Bruins held a 2-1 series lead following a 2-1 overtime in Game 3 against the Isles, the series changed in the third period when Brandon Carlo exited the game when he was on the receiving end of a hit from New York’s Cal Clutterbuck.
That would be the last time in the 2021 playoffs that Carlo would be seen. He did not play in the final three games, all Bruins’ losses. Carlo did not have the best season this year as he dealt with one serious concussion and other injuries. Heck, he could have dealt with multiple concussions in 2021.
When the Black and Gold gather for training camp in September at Warrior Ice Arena, there is expected to somewhat of a different look on the Bruins blueline. While some of the young blueliners are expected to return, the Bruins front office expressed that they could be active in the trade market or free agency for a defenseman in the last week.
There are some names out there that would nice additions to the Bruins defense, but one name is someone the Black and Gold have been linked to that could be a very nice addition on defense and is under contract beyond next season.