2017-2018 Recap

The Boston Bruins finished the regular season second in the Atlantic division. They were only a point short of being at the top, at 112. After winning a thrilling seven-game series against Toronto, they were beat by the Tampa Bay Lighting in five.

Off-season Moves

The Bruins didn’t need to make any major signings this summer. However, they still made some moves to build on their depth. Captain Zdeno Chara signed a one-year contract at $5 million.

Additions: John Moore– D (New Jersey Devils), Jaroslav Halak– G (New York Islanders), Chris Wagner– F (Anaheim Ducks)

Subtractions: Anton Khudobin– G (Free agent), Rick Nash– F (Free agent), Riley Nash (Free agent)

Returning Stars

The Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (cover photo) leads a veteran team that includes Chara (re-signed to a one-year contract) and Sean Kuraly, who re-signed to a three-year contract.

Breakout Bets

Charlie McAvoy is a sure pick for a breakout year. After a stellar rookie season, McAvoy is only going to get better. Jake Debrusk and Ryan Donato are also likely candidates for breakout seasons.

What to Expect 

The Bruins are one of the best teams in the NHL, let alone the Atlantic division. However, losing both of the Nash boys and not adding any major pieces might hurt. Fortunately, their young returning players will only get better.

Ultimately, the thing that will keep the Bruins from another deep playoff run will be fellow titans in the Lightning and Maple Leafs. The Bolts were able to re-sign big names this summer. Additionally, John Tavares joining the Leafs will make them an even taller hurdle for playoff hopefuls.

Most likely, the Bruins will be a playoff team again this year. A third seed spot for the leagues most top-heavy division is likely. However, the Bruins chances of making a deep playoff run are strong.

Coming Tuesday: Florida Panthers Preview

Clay Goupil covers the Tampa Bay Lightning and Atlantic Division for Full Press Coverage.

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