The Bruins who won the 2008-09 Presidents Trophy are not even close to the same team after a dramatic make over in the off season. The new look Bruins are deeper up front, on the backend and in the prospect pool than ever before.
Up front the Bruins marquee player is known simply as 'Z'. Thats Henrick Zetterberg who came over to the Bruins in the Getzlaf trade. The Bruins also added Dustin Penner, Drew Stafford, Curtis Glencross and Chad Larose. In the free agent market they locked up Rob Brind'Amour to a two year pact and added some 3rd/4th line depth with Wayne Primeau. One of the biggest addition up front was the trade that brought Ryan Smyth into the fold. Fresh off a Stanley Cup win with the LA Kings, Ryan hopes to bring that experience of winning it all to a Bruins team who severly underacheived last season losing in the first round of the playoffs.
On the backend, the Bruins added Duncan Keith, Keith Ballard and signed veteran Sergei Zubov to a one year deal. Those three along with veteran captain Nicklas Lidstrom form a top notch group of defenders who look to be physical and deadly on special teams. Keith's debut last night, a 8-1 drubbing of the Washington Capitals, was a huge success, he notched a goal and an assist, was plus 3 and played a whopping 30 minutes. "Thats why we aquired Keith, Lidstrom isn't getting any younger and we needed a new generation to take us even further". Speaking of next generation the Bruins have been busy, they have restocked the youth pool with young guns such as Nazem Kadri, Patrice Cormier and Ondrej Pavelec and still managed to add in some picks for the upcoming draft. In fact the Bruins have 7 of the first 120 picks in the 2010 draft.
The Bruins have the night off as they prepare for the Carolina Hurricanes who looked much improved and should be a good test to how well this new look team will do this season. The Bruins are hoping the 5 game homestand to open the season will be a big boost to getting a solid start as they try to make up for last seasons shortfalls. Daniel Briere is questionable for the Carolina game after leaving in the third period with an undisclosed injury. Bruins fans are hoping that this isn't a new trend for Briere this season after also missing some of the preseason with an injury. Look for Brind'Amour to move into the number two slot at center until Briere's return.