2012-13: 28-14-6, 62 points
Where they finished: 2nd in the Northeast; 4th in the East; 5th in the NHL
Coach: Claude Julien (7th season)
Key additions: RW Jarome Iginla, RW Loui Eriksson, RW Reilly Smith, RW Matt Fraser, RW Nick Johnson, G Chad Johnson
Key subtractions: RW Nathan Horton, RW Tyler Seguin, RW Jaromir Jagr, D Andrew Ference, D Anton Khudobin, RW Jamie Tardiff
Loui Eriksson – David Krejci – Milan Lucic
Jarome Iginla – Patrice Bergeron – Brad Marchand
Reilly Smith – Chris Kelly – Daniel Paille
Shawn Thornton – Gregory Campbell – Carl Soderberg
Zdeno Chara – Dennis Seidenberg
Johnny Boychuk – Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug – Dougie Hamilton
Tuukka Rask – Chad Johnson
Our take: No team in the East has won more playoff games in the past three years than the Bruins, who in June fell two wins short of their second Stanley Cup in three years.
The main cast of characters – Chara, Lucic, Bergeron and Rask – remain in Boston, with Bergeron agreeing to an eight-year, $52 million extension. But it will be difficult for the Bruins to replace their top two right wings, Nathan Horton and Jaromir Jagr, who combined for 29 goals last season.
The Bruins are hoping Jarome Iginla, who spurned them at last year’s trade deadline, still has enough in the tank to contribute as a free agent. But the real key offensively is Loui Eriksson, who was acquired in a seven-player deal that sent Seguin and Peverley to Dallas.
Eriksson has been consistently good for 25 goals and 45 assists in his NHL career and those totals would satisfy the Bruins. The departure of Horton and Jagr might also open the door for Reilly Smith, who scored 30 goals for Miami-Ohio two seasons ago.
On the blue line, the Bruins will miss Ference but will be expecting big things from second-year defenseman Dougie Hamilton. And in goal, Rask remains one of the top goalies in the league.
In short, the Bruins’ roster is not as strong now as it was in June, but there’s enough to expect another playoff run.
Offseason Grade: B
Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14: Yes.