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The Bruin’s last season came to a crashing halt with a devastating game 7 loss to the Montreal Canadiens last spring. The Bruins were contenders to win it all, as evidenced when they won the President’s Trophy, but stopped way short at the second round. Will the return of Dennis Seidenberg be enough to push the Bruins to another championship or will the loss of 30 goal scorer Jarome Iginla be too much for the Bruins to replace? Only time will tell but let’s see what the B’s have done this offseason.
With the loss of Iginla, the Bruins are lacking in the goal scoring department. With no real additions to supplement the loss, the team will struggle to replace his goal scoring presence. However, the return of Seidenberg should give the Bruins more leeway when they don’t score as often. The loss of backup Chad Johnson should also hurt as he was a rock behind the starter Tuuka Rask, but Rask should be able to shoulder the loss as he matures and develops the stamina to play more games.
Overall, the B’s lost some key players that were vital to their regular season success but their expectations and results should not change. This is a contending team with the right pieces that can challenge for the Stanley Cup in the foreseeable future. Look for them to continue their dominance of the East and maybe the ultimate goal: Lord Stanley’s Mug.