With the departure of forward Chris Kelly in free agency, the Bruins are down one more member of the Stanley Cup-winning team of 2011.
Kelly, who was acquired by the Bruins from the Ottawa Senators at the trade deadline in 2011, will return to Ottawa on a one-year deal for $900,000. With his departure, it means that only six players who won the Stanley Cup in Boston are still with the team.
Roster attrition is not unusual for a team over five years, regardless of the sport. The 2004 Red Sox were an even more stark example. Five years later in 2009, only four members of the ’04 World Series team were left.
Here’s the full roster of 2011 Bruins and what happened to them:
Jamie Arniel: left in free agency for Eisbären Berlin
Matt Bartkowski: traded to the Vancouver Canucks
Patrice Bergeron: Still with the Bruins
Johnny Boychuk: traded to the New York Islanders
Gregory Campbell: left in free agency for the Columbus Blue Jackets
Jordan Caron: traded to the Colorado Avalanche
Zdeno Chara: Still with the Bruins
Andrew Ference: left in free agency for the Edmonton Oilers
Zach Hamill: traded to the Washington Capitals
Shane Hnidy: retired after the Stanley Cup
Nathan Horton: left in free agency for the Columbus Blue Jackets
Matt Hunwick: was traded during the 2010-2011 season to the Colorado Avalanche
Tomas Kaberle: left in free agency for the Carolina Hurricanes
Steven Kampfer: traded to the Minnesota Wild
Chris Kelly: left in free agency for the Ottawa Senators
David Krejci: still with the Bruins
Milan Lucic: traded to the Los Angeles Kings
Brad Marchand: still with the Bruins
Adam McQuaid: still with the Bruins
Daniel Paille: left in free agency for a tryout with the Chicago Blackhawks
Rich Peverley: traded to the Dallas Stars
Tuukka Rask: still with the Bruins
Mark Recchi: retired after winning the Stanley Cup
Michael Ryder: left in free agency for the Dallas Stars
Marc Savard: has not played since 2011 after multiple concussions. Contract was traded to the Florida Panthers in 2015.
Tyler Seguin: traded to the Dallas Stars
Dennis Seidenberg: contract was bought out by the Bruins earlier in 2016.
Mark Stuart: traded to the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2010-2011 season
Tim Thomas: announced he was taking a break from hockey after the 2012 playoffs, and his contract was traded to the New York Islanders in 2013
Shawn Thornton: left in free agency for the Florida Panthers
Blake Wheeler: traded to the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2010-2011 season