This season, Bergeron will also bear some responsibility for making sure general manager Don Sweeney’s changes to the roster smoothly integrate into the Bruins’ culture.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand seemingly set the bar for how many goals he could score in a season when he found the back of the net 24 times last season, one year removed from scoring 25.
A healthy and more consistently dominant Zdeno Chara could go a long way to making sure the Bruins won’t have to overhaul the roster again in the near future.
So far general manager Don Sweeney has withstood the urge to sign a free agent veteran defenseman to try to make up for the loss of Dougie Hamilton.
He played 70 games last season and his backup left for the riches of the KHL, but Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask isn’t worried about being overworked in the upcoming season.
Although they’ll clash as Atlantic Division rivals this season, Thornton lent Jimmy Hayes a word or two of advice.
A potential dilemma for Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney will be how to retain the services of defenseman Torey Krug, who will be a restricted free agent again after playing this season his second straight one-year deal.
Jacobs’ reluctance didn’t cost the Bruins as much as it could have. But he should learn from it.
If the Winter Classic can bring out the best in the Bruins, both on New Year’s Day and in the time leading up to and after showdown with Montreal, it’ll be a boon for more than just the League and NBC’s coffers.
Matt Kalman cleans out his Bruins Development camp notebook and takes a closer look at a few players who impressed on the ice.