Looking at the Bruins Upcoming Season
Some new faces on the roster and a newly formed division should make for an interesting season in Boston this year, but can they repeat their success?
After coming so close to what would have been the franchise’s seventh Stanley Cup, the Bruins have been rebuilding some pieces to the puzzle while re-signing and maintaining their core players who have lead this team to much success over the past few years. While a few promising players have found homes elsewhere due to trades or free agency signings, fans should remain optimistic with newly added players that could prove to be charismatic with the returning cast.
Some Bostonians did not initially agree with the decision to trade the fan favorite Tyler Seguin. Although he was initially pinned as a future NHL superstar, he unfortunately struggled to prove his worth with any line he found himself skating with, mostly in the post season. The management had decided to deal him to the Dallas Stars along with Rich Peverley for forward Loui Eriksson. Some fans may not have particularly heard of Eriksson, as he is not one of the more talked about skaters in the NHL spotlight. However, fans can expect a hard-working and offensively skilled performance from this Swedish star. For those who have not noticed his style of play, he has a sort of physical style similar to Milan Lucic who can battle for the puck in front of the net and score some great rebound shots, while also maintaining some great stick handling and sniping skills. Seemingly, he should be a good fit on the top line, taking the place of recently departed Nathan Horton.
Another interesting addition to the B’s roster this year includes NHL all-star Jarome Iginla. Now everybody remembers the drama of the trade early this year where Bruins fans went to bed thinking he was a part of the team, only to wake up the next day finding out he had opted for Pittsburgh. It almost seems funny at this point that he wound up a Bruin, it was nearly hard to believe at first. After getting past the feelings that came along with seeing him as a Penguin, Boston fans should be happy to see him finally wear the spoked B on his chest. He will bring a lot of great experience to the team, and should be expected to perform with a good level of intensity. As he has spent many years as a legend in Calgary, and was even one of the top forwards in the game within the past decade, this is one of those guys that lives for hockey. He should feel right at home in Boston.
The only main concern heading into this season would be in the case of injuries. Two key pieces to the Bruins’ roster in Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell both suffered critical injuries late in the 2013 post season. Both players bring a tremendous amount of heart to the team and show a no-quit attitude towards their play. The Bruins have stated on their website that both players are expected to be prepared for camp, but will be monitored closely to ensure a safe recovery. It would hurt to start the season without these courageous and passionate skaters, but we also don’t want them to hurt themselves further.
Looking at the upcoming season should be exciting for Bruins fans, while we have lost some great players, the new additions to the roster should spark some optimism. It’s been a seemingly long off season with a lot of players moved around, and a newly re-aligned conference system. All should add up to an exciting full season of hockey.
The Bruins will begin their preseason on September 16, when they visit the Montreal Canadiens.
The regular season will begin in Boston when the Bruins play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 3.
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