Sportsnet: Teams That Could Win It All: Boston Bruins
Sportsnet has been looking at their top 10 Stanley Cup contenders. Today they take a look at our Boston Bruins.
For a while it looked as if the Boston Bruins were going to avoid the dreaded Cup hangover in 2011-12 – and then everything went downhill after the New Year’s Eve. A rough month of January humbled the Bruins, and they just weren’t the same club in the season’s second half. They were eliminated in the first round by the seventh-seeded Washington Capitals – an unsatisfactory playoff exit after a first half that saw the Bruins impressively go 25-4-1 from Nov. 1 through Jan. 12.
The off-season in Beantown was mostly dominated by talk of Tim Thomas’s looming hiatus, as GM Peter Chiarelli only made minor tweaks to a team that collected 102 points a season ago. Goaltender Tuukka Rask will be out to prove himself and try to lead the B’s to the Promised Land. Can he do it with a well-built roster in front of him?