Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Lineup questions for Boston
By Tim Kavanagh
Our friends at Hockey Prospectus did an excellent job in previewing the 2013-14 Boston Bruins campaign in Tuesday's edition of Summer Skate. With Beantown on our minds, let's consider some additional lineup questions for the B's.
The Bruins will have to replace a lot of players from their Eastern Conference championship roster from the 2013 season, including Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, Nathan Horton, Jaromir Jagr and Andrew Ference -- they've also got a new backup in the crease, as Chad Johnson is taking the place of Anton Khudobin. It's unlikely that we'll see the Bruins make any more additions, as they're currently projected to being over the salary cap, according to CapGeek.com. As such, what they've got on hand will most likely make up what we see on opening night.
Up front, the projected top line will feature Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron teaming up with Loui Eriksson, who came over in the Seguin-Peverley trade. The second line will keep Milan Lucic and David Krejci together, but newcomer Jarome Iginla will take over on the other wing. The fourth line of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton will likely be reunited, which leaves the third line in question. As of now, one can probably pencil in Chris Kelly, centering Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith. However, expect Jordan Caron, Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight to push for an opportunity there.
On the back end, Zdeno Chara will continue to serve as the B's No. 1 defender, and Boston coach Claude Julien has the option of pairing him with Dennis Seidenberg or Johnny Boychuk. The man who doesn't pair with Chara will likely find himself in the second pairing with rising second-year pro Dougie Hamilton. Adam McQuaid will then take on one of the other young Bruin blue-liners -- Matt Bartkowski or Torey Krug -- as his partner.