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Tops among the missing are Mark Recchi, who retired at the age of 43, and Marc Savard, who is expected to miss the entire 2011-12 season because of post-concussion syndrome. Michael Ryder signed with Dallas as a free agent, and Tomas Kaberle, the puck-moving defenseman who was a disappointment in Boston, is also gone.

In place of Kaberle, the Bruins signed Joe Corvo, and they are hoping that forward Brad Marchand’s emergence as a scoring threat _ and gadfly _ will continue. Tyler Seguin, who showed flashes of the talent that led him to be picked second overall in the draft, is also expected to play more of a role.

Horton, who missed most of the finals with a concussion, returned to the ice in the middle of the exhibition season and said he has no limitations entering the season.

During the shortest offseason of their careers, the Bruins spent the summer waiting their turn with the Stanley Cup and sharing it with friends and family. It visited sick children in hospitals and backyard barbecues and small-town parades in Canada, the United States and Europe.

At their homes and in Boston, players were recognized more often and applauded when they went out in public.

Their goal now is to do the same thing next summer.

“You want to kind of keep the party going,” Lucic said. “But there is a time that you need to come back and start focusing on next season. Obviously, that point is now.”