Previewing The Boston Bruins 2010-2011 Season

Dan CallagyContributor IJuly 25, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 14:  Tuukka Rask #40 and the rest of the Boston Bruins react as the Philadelphia Flyers celebrate the win in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 14, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Flyers defeated the Bruins 4-3.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Only one word can describe the Boston Bruins 2009-2010 season, devastating.

Being the die hard fan that I am of all Boston sports, watching my Red Sox come back from being down three games to nothing to beat the hated Yankees, was the high lite of my Boston sports history.

But no more than two months ago, the Boston Bruins made history. They became the third team in NHL history to have a three games to nothing series lead, and lose the series. And to make matters worse, they had a three to nothing GOAL lead in game seven, and lost that game as well.

But something that 95% of Bruins fans forgot was that the Bruins traded their top goal scorer from the 2008-09 season, Phil Kessel, to the division rival Toronto Maple Leafs. What we got in return, two draft picks from this season, and one for next years.

That trade ended up being a ray of light after game seven. The Boston Bruins now had the second pick in the NHL Entry Draft due to the Maple Leaf's troubles. Quickly, the Bruins were thrown into the Taylor (Hall) or Tyler (Seguin) discussion.

With the Edmonton Oilers taking Taylor Hall first, the Bruins drafted Tyler Seguin, and crafty puck handler from Canada.

Now, everything is looking up for the Boston Bruins in the upcoming season. After acquiring Nathan Horton from the Florida Panthers for Dennis Wideman and others, the Bruins quickly became a much better team in a matter of a week. Now with Marco Sturm fully recovered from a knee injury he suffered against the Philadelphia Flyers in round two of the NHL playoffs, the Bruins are looking twice as good as they did in 2009.

And now that goalie Tuukka Rask will have an extra year of experience under his belt, and veterans such as Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, and David Krejci will have better players around them, everything is connecting for this upcoming season.

But only time will tell if the Bruins off-season moves will pay off.