The sources of those challenges range from being new to the team to playing a direct role with one of the new faces. They range from continuing in an increased role that came under unusual circumstances in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign to sustaining one’s place at the summit of the team depth chart.
This week marked precisely three months since Boston’s quest for a title skidded to defeat a mere two wins shy of the goal. This Thursday marks precisely one more week before the Bruins resume meaningful games with their regular-season opener versus Tampa Bay.
In light of the relatively brief offseason on top of a grueling grind, stamina will be a team-wide issue worth magnifying as they seek to match, if not exceed their achievements from 2013. Looking deeper, though, every key cog has a more customized question to answer in the midst of going through another grind after a short offseason.
Here is what Boston’s premier two-way center, defenseman, scoring tandem, scoring acquisition and goaltender each have to prove this year. It is their individual priority in the team’s melting pot of X-factors.
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