The season begins for the Boston Bruins tonight, as they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning. For the B’s, the expectations are at an all time high, as the front office have put together a team that seems to be the deepest in the NHL.
“Were trying to build a winner and those are where our expectations are!” was stated by GM Peter Chiarelli. The Bruins had to go through some rough losses this off-season, but put excellent talent in place of what was lost. Loui Ericksson has brought life back on the offensive end of the ice for the B’s, as they have been thought to only be a defensive team. Jarome Ignila was also brought in to be a dynamic force like Eriksson, and through pre-season battles Ignila seems to be ready to meet his expectations that he has brought with him. Chiarelli echoed this by stating, “We’ve added some new bodies, we’ve incorporated some youth. The new bodies, they’re finding their way with their lines….Chemistry takes some time to develop and I’ve seen, over the course of the camp, I’m seeing it develop but it still takes time, it takes the being worked into the room and them getting adjusted to or familiar with our coaches.”
Last season was a but of a surprise just because of all the injuries the Bruins had leading up to the playoffs. This season the bar has been set high because now the Bruins should have a better offensive skill set to compliment their highly impressive defense. The biggest thing that will help the Bruins out, particularly Chara, is the youth that they have added. Last season everyone could see Chara start to wear down as the playoffs went on. Chara isn’t exactly a spring chicken anymore, as the captain of the B’s is now 36-year-old veteran. Chara was asked about the team he is going to fight with night in and night out this season; “First you have to become a really close team off the ice. We did some pretty good activities during pre-season, and we had a good time during training camp to bond. Some of the new guys we knew grom playing against each other, some guys are kind of new, but this team has always been good when welcoming new guys and making them feel apart of the team.
The fans are excited about this season (as they should be), and are hoping that this team that has been pieced together can bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston once again. Last season, everyone saw the Bruins skate three-rookie defensemen on the ice during the playoffs. One of those three defensemen became a star during the playoff run, and an instant fan favorite. Torey Krug was that rookie who was lighting up the scoreboard on a regular basis for the B’s, and they are looking for him to play a pivotal role on the power-play this season. The stakes are higher than they’ve been for the B’s in a couple years, and only time will tell if the Bruins are going to live up to those lofty expectations.