The Boston Bruins have been a dominant force in the NHL, however it’s starting to look as if they could be on the decline in the next few years.
Although the Bruins were the NHL’s President Trophy winners last season, some of the teams key players have moved on to different franchises. Those players include Chad Johnson, Andrej Meszaros, Corey Potter, Shawn Thornton, and most notably Jarome Iginla.
The Bruins are struggling to replace the departed players due to the signing bonuses Jarome Iginla, Torey Krug, and Dougie Hamilton received last season. This has caused the Bruins to stand $809,143 above the cap limit.
It goes without saying that the Bruins are still going to be one of the East’s most dominant teams, however they won’t likely go as far as winning the Presidents Trophy for a consecutive year.
The Bruins general manager, Peter Chiarelli, stated that he’s looking within the organization to fill the voids. That statement indicates that in the management’s eyes, it’s time for the rookies to shine.
What Will It Take For The Bruins To Return To Glory?
Due to the fact that Chiarelli is going to use rookies to fill voids, a lot of the Bruins fait lies in the hands of the young-guns themselves.
Although it often takes young players some time to get used to the big league, the Bruins young players are going to have to adapt relatively quickly in order for the Bruins to hit the ground running.
With that being said, many of the Bruins rookies got some NHL playing time last season. This includes playoffs. Those players being Matt Fraser, Justin Florek, Jordan Caron, David Warsofsky, and Kevan Miller.
At the end of the day, the Bruins are still a playoff caliber team. However in order to be considered cup-contenders, the Bruins rookies are going to have to play to the extent of their abilities early on in the season.
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