How have Bruins fared after trading away top young talent?

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From Joe Thornton to Dougie Hamilton, the Bruins have a track record of dealing players with major potential.

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St. Louis, who played college hockey at the University of Vermont, had 391 goals and 642 assists in his career.

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The Bruins shipped Reilly Smith to the Panthers and re-signed Ryan Spooner.

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The Bruins assembled a post-Hamilton plan, which they initiated on Wednesday. It was a good plan to address a difficult situation.

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The Bruins made three contract offers to the defenseman before trading him to the Flames, the Bruins president said.

Phil Kessel has 247 goals and 273 assists in nine seasons between Boston and Toronto. Kessel finished with 25 goals and 36 assists for the Maple Leafs in 2014-15.

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Maple Leafs ship Phil Kessel to Penguins

Kessel has 247 goals and 273 assists in nine seasons between Boston and Toronto.

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The 18-year-old from Chelmsford was selected second in the draft by Buffalo after his one season with BU.

Matt Bartkowski appeared in 131 games in five seasons in the Bruins organization.

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Former Bruins Gregory Campbell, Matt Bartkowski find new teams

A look at what moves former Bruins players have made so far during free agency.

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The defenseman wanted out — possibly because he clashed with Claude Julien — but the move didn’t have to be made.

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Don Sweeney said it may look like the Bruins took a step back, but he insisted they still have “a tremendous core group.”

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The return on the Milan Lucic deal has been excellent for the Bruins: two first-round picks and two prospects.

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The Bruins’ needs are many and the market is thin.

Bruins lose 2013 Stanley Cup Final

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/06/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bruins-big-7310-7365--90x90.jpg How it all fell apart for the Bruins

Look back on the NHL title series in which the Bruins fell to the Blackhawks in heartbreaking fashion.

Stanley Cup history

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Examine the rewards that the champions of the NHL for the past half-century have earned as a Stanley Cup booty.

Bruins' championship history

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The 6 Stanley Cup banners in Bruins history

Will the Bruins add a seventh to this collection of Stanley Cup banners they have accumulated through the decades?