Boston Bruins Want To Become A Deeper And More Talented Team This Offseason
With the Boston Bruins getting eliminated from the NHL playoffs this past Sunday by the Ottawa Senators all eyes have turned to the front office looking for what is next for a Black and Gold franchise that is in transition.
The first move that Don Sweeney and Cam Neely made was to name interim head coach Bruce Cassidy the full-time coach for the foreseeable future after he coached the team into the playoffs.
“The way our team responded to his message, we had an aggressive bent to our game, we scored more goals and didn’t lose any of our defensive structure or foundation,” said Sweeney. “Our penalty kill remained tops in the league and our power play got better as the year went along, and to me it spoke to the change that our team responded to, our core players responded to and our young players responded to.
The next big question and one that looms even larger is what the Bruins will do with their roster with many fans and analysts saying that their current roster is simply not good enough to win a Stanley Cup even with the incredible youth movement that they showed this past year with the development and emergence of players like Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy.
“I felt very comfortable moving forward that Bruce will do a great job, and that our staff overall did a very good job. We have a lot of work to do as an organization still. We want to become a deeper, more talented team from top-to-bottom. Taking one step forward, in my opinion, is not successful. It’s a good step, but we have work to do in a lot of areas if we want to continue to get better.”
Sweeney’s comments show that he understands what the team needs, and the question is can he go and get the missing pieces. For one I believe a lot of this depth and talent happens to be within their system in players like Matt Grzelcyk, Danton Heinen, Jake DeBrusk, and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson. I would also include McAvoy in this group but unlike the others, he has shown an immediate impact in the NHL and is already included in Sweeney’s depth talk.
The questions now becomes who will they protect in the expansion draft, who will they resign (Zdeno Chara), and who will they pursue either via the NHL draft or in free agency.