By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on August 13, 2014
Homecomings are always an intriguing storyline in the NHL, and the Boston Bruins are no exception. Seeing former players come back in different uniforms always elicits different reactions from fans. They should be as varied as the players themselves when these former Bruins come to town during the 2014-15 season.
Despite the fact he was traded nearly a decade ago, it’s a big story every time the Sharks captain comes back to Boston. San Jose plays in Boston on October 21. Thornton still epitomizes playoff failure, and the Bruins remain a legitimate contender, showing how far the parties have gone since “Jumbo” was shipped out of town in 2005.
For all of Ference’s ups and downs, he was absolutely integral during the team’s 2011 Stanley Cup run and is now showing the young Oilers how to win as team captain. Edmonton comes to town on November 4, and Ference will surely be making life tough for his former teammates in front of the net all night long.
“Iggy” was a Bruin for only a year, but contributed mightily to the Bruins before taking his talents to the Rocky Mountains and joining the young, up-and-coming Colorado Avalanche. When the Avs come to town on October 13, look for a mixed bag of fans who appreciated Iginla during his time in Boston and those who boo him for not staying with the Bruins after his great year.
The 22-year-old showed amazing flashes during his time in Boston, but developed into a legitimate superstar in Dallas. Look for Seguin to put on a display of raw speed and skill as the Seguinistas (his female fans between the ages of 15 and 30) return to the TD Garden when the Stars come to town on February 10.
The “other” Thornton was loved by the team’s faithful for the seven years he wore black and gold as he scrapped like no other. With the team going in a different direction, Thornton took his talents to South Beach and joined the Florida Panthers. When Florida comes to town on November 4, look for the enforcer to get a standing ovation from the fans who still love him.
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