The Boston Bruins are coming off a season where they saw their dreams nearly come a reality. The Bruins snuck past the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs and cruised through the next two rounds. The Chicago Blackhawks were awaiting the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, and they gave them all they could handle. The Bruins fell to the Blackhawks in 6 games, but overall, making it to the Stanley Cup Finals is quite an accomplishment.
The Bruins are a stacked team with plenty of skill, and they have plenty of muscle to go along with it. The emergence of Tuukka Rask has shot Boston to the top of every power rankings entering this season.
The Bruins won a Stanley Cup just three seasons ago, and the building of the franchise has been centered around captain Zdeno Chara. General Manager Peter Chiarelli was brought into the organization in 2006. He has done well in Boston winning the Stanley Cup, and this offseason did what I believe was a great job nailing down key players. Rask and Patrice Bergeron were both signed to long term deals this offseason, and the Bruins look locked and loaded for years to come.
Chiarelli’s current contract keeps him in Boston through the 2013-2014 season. With the four year extension, Chiarelli will be around at least until the 2017-2018 season. The goal is to bring the Cup back to Boston, and now he has an opportunity to do that several times before this contract is up. With one ring on his finger already, and the taste of another still on his tongue after falling short last season, the Bruins start camp shortly, and you can bet they’ll be gunning to get back.