Goaltending Still Key Area of Concern For 2017/18 Bruins
Now that the summer of 2017 has come to a close, opening night of the 2017 NHL season is just around the corner. Free agency is pretty much over. For the Boston Bruins it was ralitively a quiet off season.For the Bruins getting forward David Pastrnak’s contract was the main objective over the summer. Negotiations between the Bruins and management are still going on. On a positive note at least the two sides are still talking.. Aside from from the Pastrnak deal goaltending is the main concern for this year’s Bruins squad. Eight year veteran Tukka Rask played in sixty five games last year. Rask posted a 37-20 record and a nifty 2.34 Goals Against Average. Not to mention eight shutouts and five over time games. At thirty years old Rask is ranked number fourteenth overall in the NHL,by Sports Illustrated. Pretty good company to be in. Since 2012 the Bruins have not won a playoff round. The last goalie to win a Stanley Cup was Tim Thomas. In 2012 the Bruins lost in seven to the Black Hawks.Ever since the Bruins loss to Chicago success has not found Tukka Rask . This past season the Bruins qualified for the playoffs for the first time in five years. Ottawa was the latest culprit to defeat the Bruins in five games last spring. Rotating goalies could be an option for first year head coach Bruce Cassidy. Cassidy took over for long time coach Claude Julian.Cassidy has backups Anton Khudobin, and Zane McIntyre in the wings.Khudobin was last years backup postiing an 8-6 and a2.35 Goals Against Average. McIntyre played in eight games last year and had no record. Rest is something the Bruins should consider. At thirty years old Rask still has a lot of playing time left.Khudoin is a dependable backup, with more playing time this could prove to be a key factor for the Bruins ths season.Counting on Rask to keep the Bruins in games could work against them this year. The youth movement has been the main subject of conversation this year. With a host of young talent on the roster the Bruins could have one of the youngest rosters in the league. Mixed with solid veterans such as Zedeno Chara, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, and Patrice Bergeron the Bruins could be the surprise of the league this year.