They hoisted the cup a mere 3 and a half months ago and they come into this season with very few new faces. Can they have a repeat performance or will the glow of Stanley’s silver lull them into complacency?
- Zdeno Chara – At 6’9″ he towers over his competition and has the discipline and focus necessary to lead his team to the cup. Chara heads a merciless defensive group and possesses the ability to lead them to success again.
- Star Forwards – Last season the Bruins had 10 player with over 40 points.
- Prospects are non-existent – the Bruins pulled up their young guns to help throughout the season last year. With the exception of Dougie Hamilton, there has been little to no buzz about the next generation of Bruins. What you see is what you’ll get.
- Is it REALLY October already? The only team who is as overused as the Bruins is the Vancouver Canucks. While every other team began maintenance upon their bow out of the playoffs, surgeries and rest were held off til after the Stanley Cup celebration. Not everyone is on fresh legs and this could lead to some injuries early in the season. Add to this their lack of roster changes and you’re looking at a worn out squad.
- Tim Thomas – Up until this year, Tim Thomas was good. The Conn Smythe, Vezina, and ESPY winning athlete had the year of his life and his ability to repeat is in question. No doubt in the off season Thomas has trained and is determined to remain atop the goalie leader board, there is no guarantee he will return to rein between the pipes for the Bruins. Tuuka Rask wants in on the glory.
- Marc Savard – Concussions are the name of the game and, unfortunately, Savard is familiar with the rules. After returning for 25 games last season from a concussion a la Cookie (Matt Cook, Pittsburgh Penguins), Savard bumped his noggin again and hasn’t returned yet. If back and healthy, Savarad could contribute 50-60 points but for now, his future in the NHL is uncertain.