Only 23 days left until the Bruins lace up their skates and hit the ice once again. This offseason seems to have take forever for loyal Bruins fan like my family and I. There have been a ton of moves recently for the Bruins organization with the departure of Milan Lucic, Dougie Hamilton, Reilly Smith, and Carl Soderberg. The team took the departures as an opportunity to make a few additions and add some youth to the team with Zac Rinaldo, Jimmy Hayes, and Matt Beleskey. It will be interesting to see how the new teams works out in less than a month but I am confident that they put up a strong fight no matter what.
There has been a lot of talk about the team dynamic in Boston and how players worked together last season, the offseason, and now with the season opener approaching. Players like Brad Marchand and Torey Krug are openly speaking to the media regarding their coaching staff saying, “there’s nothing wrong with our coaching staff.” Seasoned veterans are happy for their former teammates like Lucic and Hamilton on their new opportunity but sad to see them go at the same time. These players were staples of the organization and players I loved to watch over the years. Never would I have though that Lucic would trade in the black and gold for new colors but I wish him well and to not bruise up our newbies too much.
Brad Marchand continued his story with CSNNE by saying, “In the past years, we were family, but for some reason this past year we were definitely a little bit divided, and had different cliques. It could’ve been because we had a lot of guys coming up in different times from Providence; they felt a lot more together, and it seemed like the older guys didn’t do a good job at integrating other guys.” Marchand went on to say, “So it’s definitely a combination of things. This year we have to do a much better job collectively as a group to make sure we’re all on [the same page], and we’re a unit that will transfer over to the ice that will allow us to play better hockey.”
I am very much looking forward to the first game of the season and cheering on my favorite team with my family huddled around the television. We’re so close to the game and everyone is excited. Even though the new team is young and everyone hasn’t played with each other before, I know Claude Julien can pull something out of his sleeve to get the Bruins back into fighting shape and feared among the league.