Every summer the SBN NHL bloggy heads pair up with a team in the other conference and we get to ask a few questions about a team we rarely see. That's a lie actually, we didn't do it last year. But when we saw we were paired up with the Boston Bruins this year - and their SBN home Stanley Cup of Chowder - we jumped at the chance to speak with a team that also has an interesting jersey history.
After the jump a closer look at Boston's playoff exit and what this season holds for players from Tyler Seguin to Tim Thomas. And to think we did it all without asking one Cam Neely question. Nope. Not one. Water under the bridge...cough...sniffle...I've got hungry eyes I feel the magic between you and I...
SCOC: I guess the biggest thing is learning that playoff series are best-of-7 and not best-of-5. That and learning not to stay on the ice after you skate to the bench and call for a change. I think everyone around here just wants to forget about that series and move on.
SCOC: Most fans think that Tyler Seguin will crack the top nine, but not as a center. The plan right now according to Claude Julien is to have Seguin play wing, but "nothing is set in stone". Since Seguin is under 20 years old and came from a CHL team, he is not allowed to play in AHL, so it will either be the NHL or Plymouth. I think he would benefit most from playing in Providence, but that isn't an option. I just hope the kid is ready.
NM: Thomas had his difficulties and represents a sizable cap hit for the next three seasons. Unless he retires (which doesn't help you cap wise at his age) what do you think the best options for the B's are in net? Can Thomas still help the team or is it firmly Rask's team now?
SCOC: I think it is pretty safe to assume Nathan McIver will be riding buses and sipping on coffee milk in Rhode Island, but we could see him used as a call-up at times this year.
SCOC: It was nice to see that he did something to improve their scoring punch with the Nathan Horton signing. Whether or not Horton is the answer remains to be seen. After seeing Chiarelli do nothing at the deadline, it was nice to see him make a move to improve the club in the off-season.
Thanks to Chowdah for his answers and, if you want to get a closer look at the Bruins, circle the last Saturday in February (2/26 for the calendar impaired) since that's when Seguin and the gang hit up
GM Place Rogers Arena.