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Can the Bruins bounce back from their loss in the Stanley Cup Final?
Last Year: 28-14-6, second place in the Northeast Division, lost in the Stanley Cup Final
Key Additions: Loui Eriksson, Jarome Iginla, Matt Fraser, Chad Johnson, Nick Johnson, Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow
Key Departures: Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Anton Khudobin
Verdict: The Boston Bruins made a lot of changes since the end of the playoffs when they fell just a couple of games short of another title.
Seguin had a lot of potential, but the organization wasn't so sure he'd ever realize it and dealt him. Eriksson should fit in better with the Bruins' system even if he isn't as dangerous offensively. Horton and Ference were sent packing mostly to help the Bruins fit under the salary cap. Boston has plenty of young defensemen and will rely on them to help fill the void.
It's ironic that the Bruins added Iginla who turned down a potential deal with Boston to go to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline. Now the Bruins will have the former Calgary captain for a full season.
Chad Johnson should replace Anton Khudobin as the backup goalie.
Overall, the Bruins may need a little time to have their new pieces gel, but the club has a deep roster and a core that should keep them contending for the next few seasons.
The Bruins are different, but they won't necessarily be better or worse than they were last season.