Ryan: The 2021 Bruins are a bit different from teams of years past – and that’s far from a bad thing

Eight months ago, a solemn David Krejci shuffled up to the podium inside a cavernous Scotiabank Arena and fielding questions doled out via a blank computer screen.

The emotions still raw in wake of seeing another promising year crumble before them off of a quick snap shot from Victor Hedman, Krejci and his teammates did what they could to eulogize the 2019-20 Bruins — a veteran club that seemed hellbent on avenging their crushing loss to the Blues in June 2019, only to have all momentum from their Presidents’ Trophy campaign sapped away as the world was ground to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

And while Krejci would have been justified if he used his last presser of the season to bemoan the what could have been nature of this team had we not been plunged into global cataclysm, the B’s second-line pivot focused his lens toward the bigger picture. Not only was this double-OT loss to the Lightning closing the chapter on this once-fruitful season — it very well could have closed the book on this Bruins core and just how many kicks at the can they’d have left when it came to hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup once again.

“It just kind of hit me after the game that the core group, a few of us, we have one or two, three years left,” Krejci said. “With the pandemic going on, you never know what’s going to happen. I…

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