The Boston Bruins look like they have another reason to smile during their offseason. There have been numerous reports that NCAA goalie Zane McIntyre of North Dakota plans to sign with the bruising Bruins. If McIntyre signs with the Bruins, they will have quite a large and talented depth chart to their goalie roster. More talent is always welcome on the B’s squad.
The Bruins didn’t have the best record or turn of events this past season. The team was plagued by injuries and setbacks but the war is not lost by any means. The Bruins will return to their slapshots and body-checking ways next season with brand new weapons in their arsenal.
McIntyre will make a great addition to the team and help round out some of the weak points that proved substantial last season. McIntyre was a former sixth-rounder that was picked by the Bruins in the 2010 NHL Draft and was recently named the winner of the Mike Richter Award. This award is bestowed upon the NCAA’s Division I Men’s Hockey most outstanding goaltender.
Jared Clinton of The Hockey News had this to say about the talented goaltender, “Over the past two years at North Dakota, McIntyre has been nothing short of outstanding. In 2013-14, in just his second season with UND, McIntyre posted a 20-10-3 record with a 1.99 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. He improved his SP to .929 this season and his GAA slipped by the slightest of margins to 2.05. At the end of the season, McIntyre finished with a 29-10-3 record and helped lead North Dakota to the Frozen Four.”
Although McIntyre has not officially or formally announced his plans to sign with the Bruins, he could very well make one soon, earning him a spot behind Tuukka Rask and Malcolm Subban.