With disappointment comes change. And with change comes rumors swirling. While the rumor mill has remained relatively quiet for the Boston Bruins amidst the Stanley Cup Final, the impending summer months may prove to be an exciting time for Boston fans. If that excitement includes a late first-round NHL draft pick and the re-signing of Jarome Iginla, Shawn Thornton, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, then Bruins fans are in luck. Otherwise, do not expect the reigning President’s Trophy-winning team to pull of a blockbuster trade like they did a year ago.
In an interview with Comcast Sports New England’s Joe Haggerty, Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg hoped that the Bruins would not make any major roster overhauls. He’s right.
The biggest addition to the Boston roster will come from Seidenberg himself, as he returns from a major knee injury. The addition, or better put, revival, of Seidenberg’s career as a top-two defender on one of the best defensive teams in the league is a roster move that few teams will make any offseason, let alone this one. For example, some of the premier unrestricted free agent defensemen available this summer include Brooks Orpik, Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. A solid list of defensemen, but none at the same caliber as Seidenberg.
Even with the biggest question mark of this team focused on goal scoring, a top-flight defenseman is an addition 29 other teams would love to make. And the best part of this equation is that the Bruins would not have to give up anybody. A roster spot is already guaranteed for Seidenberg, and his return would fill up a big hole on the defensive end.
And speaking of the offense, re-signing all of the loose ends on this team will create a sense of consistency headed into training camp. A second full season of all four lines, with a full training camp working on chemistry, would be a huge bonus for this team. If Loui Erikkson remains healthy and the third line continues to develop as expected, the Bruins would have a dangerous combination of talent through all 12 forwards.
There is no need to blow up this team. Under Claude Julien, this team has found that staying the course is the most productive means of obtaining success. As a result, staying strong this offseason will generate the best results next season.