Saturday, June 4, 2011

For The Bruins The Future is Bright

Whether the Bruins win the Stanley Cup, get swept out, or go all the way to game 7, one fact remains the same: This Boston Bruins team isn't going anywhere. After nearly upsetting the heavy favored Canadiens 3 years ago, then the next season where they finished with the top seed in the Eastern Conference, even the monumental collapse in the 2nd round vs Philadelphia... everything happens for a reason, and everything can be used as a lesson for the future. The Bruins 2011 success shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone and even though they have some veteran's on the roster this team core is still very young.

In The 2011 Playoffs, 4 out of Boston's Top 5 point-getters are 25 or under. Captain Zdeno Chara may be 33 but no one see's him slowing down any time soon due to his legendary work ethic. Tim Thomas is a Vezina Trophy finalist at 36 but even when he's gone they'll have a very able young goalie in Tuukka Rask. Then most importantly Tyler Seguin will grow and step into a much more prominent role for this team, entering next season he'll be 20 years old with a deadly shot, superstar passing skills, and experience playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. Not too bad.

Here's a list of all Bruins players under contract for next season, and the ages they will be:

Tyler Seguin- 20
Milan Lucic- 23
David Krejci- 25
Nathan Horton- 26
Patrice Bergeron- 26
Dan Paille- 27
Gregory Campbell- 28
Rich Peverley- 29
Chris Kelly- 31
Shawn Thornton- 34
Marc Savard- 34

Steven Kampfer- 23
Adam McQuaid- 25
Johhny Boychuk- 28
Dennis Seidenberg- 30
Andrew Ference- 32
Zdeno Chara- 34

Tuukka Rask- 24
Tim Thomas- 37

Another key for the future is the status of Marc Savard's career. As sad as it would be, if Savard retires it could bring serious cap space to go out and sign another young key asset. The Bruins could target restricted free agents like All-Star sniper and excellent two way forward Zach Parise from New Jersey, or maybe even Boston's own Keith Yandle who is a David Krejci type of player. Regardless of who they sign, or if they win this season, the future is very bright for The Boston Bruins. So enjoy the game Boston, cause unlike with The Celtics, the windows is wide open.

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