The Boston Bruins' offseason of ho-hum continued with the club signing some extra pieces and apparently ready to hit the 2012-13 season with basically the same roster as the one that left the 2012 playoffs in the first round.
Oh, and word got out that Boston made an offer to free agent Zach Parise before he signed his 13-year contract to leave the New Jersey Devils and join the Minnesota Wild.
Now, there was a time, and not all that long ago, that news of the Bruins making such an offer would be treated with a rolling of the collective eyes of the Boston media. But this is not your old Bruins. This is a team that would have gone over the salary cap had Parise said yes, which the Bruins had to know wasn't going to happen but still reportedly threw their line in the water even as they were saying they weren't going to be players in the big-name game.
General manager Peter Chiarelli has said he's ready to enter the new season with the old team, minus, of course, goaltender Tim Thomas, who has decided not to play out the final year of his contract (saying he won't play anywhere).
The club's additions, like the subtractions, have been minor, so what you saw is likely basically what you'll get in September.
That doesn't mean there won't be storylines, like Tuukka Rask as the No. 1 goalie and Anton Khudobin as his backup; like young defenseman Dougie Hamilton making the team as a 19-year-old; like was the playoff failure of 2012 that made it 14 years since a team repeated as NHL champion; and, perhaps most important, whether right wing Nathan Horton makes it back from his second concussion.
The Bruins signed center Christian Hanson and defenseman Garnet Exelby and re-signed left wing Lane MacDermid for depth, but the core of the team, minus Thomas, remains pretty much the same. Hamilton is expected to step into the role vacated by Joe Corvo, who is back with the Hurricanes.