2011-2012 Preview: The Boston Bruins

Posted: September 2, 2011 by forever&staalways in Boston Bruins, Season Preview
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Last season: 46-25-11, 103 points, 3rd in the Eastern Conference, Stanley Cup Champions.

Additions: Joe Corvo, Benoit Pouliot, Carter Camper, Stefan Chaput, Josh Hennessy, Jamie Tardif, Marc Cantin and David Warsofsky.

Losses: Tomas Kaberle, Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder, Shane Hnidy, Marc Savard, Brad Marchand?

Offense: Based off of an interview with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli in the Boston Globe, the Bs will be losing star center Marc Savard, who has been battling post-concussion syndrome since March of 2010. ““Marc Savard won’t play this year. Nothing has changed in our monitoring. He’ll be examined and he’ll be declared unfit to play. Based on what I see, what I hear, what I read, and what I’m told, it’s very unlikely Marc will play again.”” Without Savard, the team loses a star center, who in twenty five games last season still managed 10 points. Though he is thirty four, his point-scoring ability will be missed by the Bruins offense. The other question from the forwards is the status of Brad Marchand. The twenty three year old restricted free agent has still gone unsigned. In his first full season with the Bruins “honey badger” scored 41 points in 77 games, and was top five in the teams +/- with a +25. He played with a reckless abandon, playing much bigger than his 5-foot-9 stature, making him a fan favorite. In not re-signing Marchand, the team loses a bit of grit with a scoring touch. 

Defense: The defense has improved with the acquisition of Joe Corvo in a trade with Carolina, giving them a scoring boost for their oft-powerless power play. The defenseman brings to the team a 40 point season (23 of which were on the power play) with the Carolina Hurricanes and a much cheaper contract than Tomas Kaberle, whom the Bruins traded for Corvo.

Goaltending: The Bruins goaltending is more than set. Conn Smythe and Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas will be leading the team with his stand-on-his-head play and acrobatics at the ripe age of 34. Their back up is also a very capable netminder in Tuukka Rask, who was once expected to usurp Thomas as the team’s starter.

Prediction: First in the Northeast, third in the Eastern Conference.

The same position the team entered the playoffs in, they’ll be competitive once again in the playoffs due to a relatively unchanged roster. The real challenge they’ll have this season divisionally will be with their long standing rival Canadiens.

Who to Watch For:

Jordan Caron. A good third line wing who had 7 points in 23 games early last season; he’s big and drives to the net, making him a good bread-and-butter player for Boston. With a full season, this rookie should be able to put up 35 points, adding to what could be a void if Marchand is not resigned.

  1. Dan MacNeal says:

    I have to think they will get Marchand resigned, but it’s surprising it’s taking this long

  2. forever&staalways says:

    It’s reminding me of the Rangers/Dubinsky a few years back when Brandon was an RFA. Didn’t get a deal done until during training camp. I like Brad a lot because he plays like a smaller Ryan Callahan, and it’ll be sad if he’s not in a Bruins jersey come October. (Also because I bought a shirsey of his in July when I went to beantown.)

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