BOSTON — The Boston Bruins missed the Stanley Cup playoffs last season for the first time in eight years largely because of their inability to score – they ranked 22nd in the NHL with 2.55 goals per game.

So Boston added a new general manager, picked up a 20-goal scorer in free agency, and Friday showed off some tweaks to their style of play at the first day of training camp.

New general manager Don Sweeney, who took over for Peter Chiarelli last May, reworked the roster over the summer and made his biggest splash by signing forward Matt Beleskey to a five-year, $19 million contract as an unrestricted free agent.

“I’d like to take a lot of responsibility for helping this team,” Beleskey said. “Coming in and making a difference, that’s what I want to do. They went out and gave me a great contract and I was very grateful for that, and I’m going to work hard and do my best to repay them for that.”

Many of the 60 players at camp were fresh faces. Popular players Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton were traded, and other role players left via free agency. Beyond Beleskey, Sweeney notably added Jimmy Hayes from Florida for Reilly Smith.

But considering they missed the playoffs by two points – their 96 points were the most ever by a team that failed to reach the postseason – the Bruins didn’t see a need for huge changes.

Sweeney retained Coach Claude Julien for a ninth season, but with an agreement there would be adjustments to the coach’s system. Those changes were evident; the Bruins have altered their breakout to move the puck faster up ice.

Julien said the Bruins need to keep up with the hockey landscape. “This game changes and what happened in the past is that we had some great breakouts with the way teams forechecked,” Julien said. “The game’s evolved, the teams have started forechecking a little bit more aggressively.”