Boston Bruins Preseason Team Analysis
Let's take a closer look at the boys from Beantown.
Boston didn't do much this offseason, but they did manage to sign former Hab Michael Ryder. Ryder is coming off a sub-par season and his looking to bounce back with the Bruins. Michael had only 31 points in 70 games last year for Montreal.
Coming into last season Ryder had 113 points in 163 career games. Boston is hoping he returns to his former self. Other new faces include Blake Wheeler, Nate Thompson, and Martin St. Pierre.
Headlining the departed in Boston is veteran forward Glen Murray who was bought out by the team after a season of struggles. Glen missed 19 games with a hip flexor and managed only 30 points in 63 games.
Murray spent 10 seasons with the Bruins spread out between 1992-1995 and 2001-2008. Also leaving is goalie Alex Auld, who signed a two-year deal with the Ottawa Senators. Glen Metropolit is gone as well as he signed with the Broad Street Bullies of Philadelphia.
Patrice Bergeron (if healthy) will be Boston's strongest forward. He'll receive help from the likes of Michael Ryder, Phil Kessal, Marco Strum, Peter Schaefer, and Marc Savard.
The top six D-men should include (not lines):
Big man Zdeno Chara will once again lead his defense corp and should be helped by Dennis Widemen, Aaron Ward, and Andrew Ference.
Manny Fernandez and Tim Thomas will have to show who deserves the starting job when training camp starts. Both of them are legitimate NHL goaltenders.
Captain: Zdeno Chara
Alternates: Patrice Bergeron
General Manager: Peter Chiarelli
Head Coach: Claude Julien
Assistant Coaches: Doug Houda, Craig Ramsay, Geoff Ward
Goaltending Coach: Bob Essensa
Strength and Conditioning Coach: John Whitesides
Head Athletic Trainer: Don DelNegro
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