The Boston Bruins faired well in their division last year and knocked out the Toronto Maple Leafs in epic fashion as they made their way to the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals while the Montreal Canadiens floundered out in their first series. This offseason, both the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens are busy trying to overcome last season’s failures and mistakes by going after new talent and shedding some baggage, leaving the Bruins with little room for error.
The Maple Leafs started the offseason with a bang when they bought out Mikhail Grabovski‘s contract, letting it be known that that none of their players are safe, even captain Dion Paneuf. They have added some physical play in David Clarkson and a center in David Bolland. In addition, they have re-signed Tyler Bozak and still have enough money left to re-sign several others. No teams should not sleep on the Leafs next season. In fact, the Leafs are so confident about their chances for the Cup that they have already planned a parade route in the city.
Meanwhile, the Canadiens have not had an offseason to look down upon either. They made a smart move by bringing in Daniel Briere to aid their second line, and the fans have seemingly gotten over his snub years ago to go to the Philadelphia Flyers instead of Montreal. New enforcer George Parros will make them less of a pushover and add to some desperately needed physical play. Also, it may not be surprising if Jaromir Jagr decides to go north of the border next season, which would make things in the division interesting to say the least.
The Bruins have had some restriction on their moves this summer due to the salary cap. They have done well to fill in the gaps by bringing in Loui Erikson and Jerome Iginla, but their rivals have improved too. The Bruins will need to watch out to make sure they do not underestimate anyone in their division because both teams have changed. Expect games this year to be as tough as ever.
Tim N. is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @timnikolou