The Fansided NHL Network, that SenShot is proud to be a member of, is embarking on its NHL preview. Each day in September, one of its members will be posting a preview for their club. SenShot will look at their preview, and let you have a look. After that, we will provide our own perspective. Jared will handle the Western Conference teams while Tony will look at the East.
Today, we’ll preview the defending Stanley Cup Champs, the Boston Bruins.
Here’s what Causeway Crowd‘s lead writer, Steve Kendall had to say:
This season, all eyes are on the Bruins, who bring back a majority of their championship squad, including Vezina and Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas, playoff leading scorer David Krejci, and Norris finalist Zdeno Chara. With depth at every position, a veteran presence, and skilled young players pushing for playing time, the Bruins are poised to make a run at becoming the NHL’s first back-to-back champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.
Click here to continue reading Causeway Crowd’s entire Bruins preview.
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Here’s SenShot’s take on the upcoming Bruins season:
The defending Stanley Cup champs are legitimate contenders to repeat as Champs as they are returning most of their championship roster. With no major subtractions from their team, the pieces are there for the Bruins to have another long playoff run next spring. With one of the best goalies and defenseman in the league on their roster, Tim Tomas and Zdeno Chara will lead their team once again in the pursuit of back-to-back Cups.
With a roster filled of young stars in or entering their prime, Boston is one of the elite teams in the Eastern conference. Another luxury the B’s have is cap space for a team with many stars on their team. According to Capgeek, the Bruins have over $7 million dollars in cap space available to add more pieces to their already strong team to make another run at Lord Stanley.
The Bruins took their shot last year by adding many pieces at last year’s trade deadline and it paid off. With the cap managed well by GM Peter Chiarelli, he did not back himself into a corner by getting tied down by long-term contracts. With seven UFA’s next summer, the B’s have their core locked up and will have almost $25 million dollars to play with. With many teams getting trapped with long-term albatross contracts after winning the Stanley Cup, Boston is in a good position this year to take another run at the Cup. Then they can begin to turnover their roster and get younger and maintain their elite status in the league.
With the Bruins expected to take another run at the Cup this season, look for them to be a powerhouse in the Eastern conference and the entire league.
Check back here tomorrow when we preview the Buffalo Sabres and their upcoming season.
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