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As previously mentioned, Iginla is expected to be the top right winger for the Bruins next season. After spurning Boston for Pittsburgh earlier this season, he is eager to get a second chance.
Iginla should see time on the power play, where he likes to set up to the goalie's right for one-timers. Don't be surprised to see Loui Eriksson get some time on the top line, but for now, Iginla is the guy.
Eriksson will be back to his natural position of winger, and he'll most likely start the season alongside Bergeron and Marchand. If he or Iginla don't gel with their respective lines, expect the two wingers to switch and try to find chemistry with the other line mates.
According to NHL.com's Matt Kalman, Eriksson said the following in a conference call with the media:
I've played both sides through my whole time I played in Dallas. And I know both sides. But I like to play on the right side and I know I've been talking to [Boston general manager] Peter [Chiarelli] about it and he said he wants me to play on the right side.
So I think that will be a good fit for me. I know they have real good players, especially Bergeron, and they have Krejci as centermen, and they have a lot of good players to play with. So I don't think it will be any problem to play with those guys because they're going to make me better and I'm going to try to make them better too. So it will be real nice to come and play with them.
The 22-year-old Caron should finally find a regular spot in the lineup next season. He only played 17 games this season after playing in 48 the previous year. The 25th overall pick in 2009 is expected to skate with Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg, according to the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa.
The 35-year-old enforcer is now a mainstay on the Bruins' fourth line, and that won't change next season. He doesn't get much ice time, but he makes it known when he's on the ice. He will drop the gloves when the team needs it and is a great teammate.
Thornton knows he's a fourth-line winger, and that's how it should be.