Trade Kelly for cap room. Maybe move Boychuck or McQuaid for the same reason. That's it.
Not unlike 2011, the Bruins were pushed to 7 games and 1 goal with the Canadiens. That time they came out on top by one goal, this time they came out a goal short. Easy come, easy go. There is no doubt in my mind that this team is measurably superior to the 2011 squad. but Montreal was also better and the Bruins had a slight weakness on D without Seidenberg.
Talk of certain players (Rask, Chara, Krejci, Lucic, Marchand, etc) coming up short is ridiculous. Those are outstanding players. Bartowski had a weak series, no doubt. I felt the reffing in game 3 and 7 was slightly bias, but that happens. Chara and Rask were less than elite overall in the second round, but are still perhaps the very best at their positions. The Bruins hit the post 11 times, and not just glancing nicks that had they been any more centered would have been saved by price; there were numerous shots that beat Price cleanly but just missed their mark by an inch.
The habs speed advantage was highly over-rated; but the Canadiens did use their strengths well and pressured the slower-thinking young blueliners effectively. The Bruins go-to reset of a D-to-D pass in their own end was frequently picked off due to hab pressure. The Canadiens avoided receiving hits well and didn't get into an emotional game. Well played.
But there is no doubt that Boston is a superior team. They utterly dominated for long stretches of games and in some ways deserved a better fate. A few poor games by the Bruins, great strategy by the Canadiens, a dozen near-misses and a few questionable calls means that the Bruins came up short by one goal...but that's hockey, winning the Cup takes some good bounces now and then.
Going forward the Bruins core is young. We should see Krug, Soderberg and Smith become even finer players this coming season. Hamilton looks ready to be an elite defender, perhaps as early as next season, negating any downturn in Chara's game - which is still great. A healthy Seidenberg would be a rock in the second pair. Fraser looked much better than earlier in the season and could be a nice fit on the third line. Free up the cap space to keep everyone, learn from the mistakes against the habs and move forward knowing that with a little extra effort the Bruins could have been on the way to a second cup this year.
Make it happen in '15.