4 Bruins Who Won't Return Next Season

Now that the Bruins' offseason has officially begun, don't be surprised if these four Boston players aren't back on the 2024-25 roster.
G Linus Ullmark is one of four Bruins who might not return for the 2025 season.
G Linus Ullmark is one of four Bruins who might not return for the 2025 season. / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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2. James van Riemsdyk, LW/RW

When talking to the media following the Bruins' postseason elimination, GM Sweeney told reports that the team had already spoken with its pending free agents about what the offseason would look like. Assuming that not everyone is being brought back, James van Riemsdyk is one name who could leave town.

The Bruins signed van Riemsdyk to a cheap one-year deal last offseason in hopes that he could provide some added scoring depth. While the veteran winger is past his prime, he provided that he was still a solid depth scorer during his time with the Philadelphia Flyers, having scored 36 goals across 143 games in the two previous seasons.

Early in the season, it looked like van Riemsdyk was going to be one of the bigger free-agent steals, racking up 11 goals and 37 points in his first 51 games. Unfortunately, he couldn't maintain that pace, tallying just one assist without a goal in the remaining 20 regular-season contests. He added five points in 11 playoff games but his performance wasn't anything to write home about.

If van Riemsdyk maintained his first-half play, I'd have no issue with bringing him back. Having said that, just turned 35 earlier this month, meaning his play likely won't improve from here. The Bruins can find other cheap veterans to fill his role on the open market, so perhaps it's just best to part ways and call it a day.