Predicting Which Bruins Free Agents Return or Leave

Mar 3, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) during the second period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) during the second period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly (52) during the third period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly (52) during the third period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /

Sean Kuraly

To say that Kuraly has had an up and down time in Boston would be a major understatement. This season, however, was a struggle for him as he battled inconsistent play on the third and fourth lines, while juggling time between center and wing.

During the season, some of his numbers jumped off the page at you. In 47 games, he had four goals and five assists, but more importantly, he finished with a plus/minus of minus-10. Ouch.

In five seasons in Beantown, Kuraly has minus-12, but in the 2019 run to the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues, Kuraly had four goals and six assists in 20 games. That was two years ago and things have changed.

There is no doubt that the Bruins need to undergo some changes in their bottom-six and Kuraly could be one of those players that won’t be back. A good penalty-killer, he just does not bring enough to the table for a team looking to make one more run with their core group for a championship.

A change might be good for Kuraly and hopefully, Boston too, which should be excited for Curtis Lazar to play a full season wearing the Spoked-B.

Prediction: Kuraly leaves and signs somewhere else.