Let’s start off by stating the obvious.

This past year hasn’t been the greatest for Peter Chiarelli, or the Bruins, coming off two Stanley Cup Finals appearances in the previous three years.

The B’s full well knew they were going for it last season when they signed Jarome Iginla to a bonus-filled contract that was going to put them in salary cap hardship this season. They fell well short in a wide open Eastern Conference last spring and they’ll be paying the price this season.

Now they’re in the salary cap soup while unable to make big moves to improve the team and don’t have anything besides last season's President’s Trophy to show for it. In fact, they have little to show for last season aside from the overpowering $4.75 million bonus overage penalty on this year’s cap.

The injury to Dennis Seidenberg really messed up the Black and Gold’s master plan. That bad luck was compounded when the Bruins couldn’t do any better than Andrej Meszaros at the trade deadline. Meszaros was exactly the kind of one-dimensional Slovakian statue everybody thought he was. He wasn’t nearly enough for a team with legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations.

Chiarelli and the Bruins simply didn’t “go for it” at the trade deadline and it was inconsistent with the rest of their actions with a core in their prime. The young defenseman corps, coupled with an aging Zdeno Chara, predictably failed against the Canadiens.

Players such as Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Kevan Miller will be better for it next time around, but that was little consolation as the Bruins self-destructed against a Habs team seemingly built to be their Kryptonite.