Now that the World Cup of hockey is over and the preseason has just started, it’s not too early to already judge the poorly put together Boston Bruins. As far as us New Englanders have seen this offseason, the offensive core is pretty well put together. As far as defense goes, it looks like it still needs mending. The David Backes signing surely bolsters the top 6, as well as potentially improving the penalty kill. With minor roster losses like Brett Connolly, Chris Kelly, and Joonas Kempainen, the impact of Backes and young upcoming talent from Providence can fill the gaps and then some.
Only one question remains. Will the Bruins lacking blue line be able to push them into the playoffs? So far the Bruins haven’t made any additions to the defensive core. Available options like Jacob Trouba are still out there, even Kevin Shattenkirk. If the Bruins are willing to make moves so that this team can win now, they have to make a trade for a blueliner. Christian Ehrhoff might be an aid after a strong performance in the world cup, but the season is long, especially for older legs like Erhoff and Chara.
From a fan’s perspective it’s sad to see the team miss the playoffs 2 years in a row. Luckily for us we have the Patriots and Red Sox to watch. With aging players like Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, the Bruins don’t have much time left until a full blown rebuild is needed. The time to win for the Boston Bruins is now.
Prediction: The team got better this offseason, and they just barely missed the playoffs, even with sub par campaigns from Tuukka Rask and Torey Krug. Looking forward. these guys can contend in the playoffs, just as long as that defensive core can stay healthy, as we saw last season, it was a common theme. Hopefully that wont be the case this time around.
Also if anyone wants to get a good laugh, look up the ESPN NHL powerranks. Sorry Flames fans in advance…