The 2019-20 Presidents Trophy winner came into the playoffs with lots of hope that they would become the Stanley Cup champions once again. After losing in the second round of the playoffs to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins had lots of questions to be answered during the off-season. Don Sweeney wasn’t too busy during the off-season, but his moves will hopefully help the Bruins compete for the Stanley cup during the 2020-21 season.
Don Sweeney did not make any trades during the off-season, but he did make a couple of signings that will significantly improve the team. Sweeney needed to add a winger that can play alongside David Krejci and Jake Debrusk. Boston also needs to add some more depth after they released Joakim Nordstrom.
The scrappy winger has found a new home in bean-town. The former Nashville Predator signed a three year deal with the Bruins. Smith will earn 3.1 million dollars per season. During his career, Craig Smith has been a consistent 20 goal scorer for Nashville. On the Bruins, he will play alongside David Krejci and Jake Debrusk on the 2nd line. He will provide a net-front presence that will help increase Boston’s offensive production. If you want to read more about the Craig Smith signing with Boston, check out this article.
Boston also added another forward to the team. They signed the 28-year-old Greg Mckegg to add some depth for their forward core. Mckegg has been a journeyman throughout his NHL career. The Bruins will be Mckegg’s seventh team in his eight-year career. Mckegg is not the dynamic goal scorer Bruins fans desire, but he will be a solid player in the Bruin’s bottom six. Bruins fans should not expect an astronomical point total from their new signee as his career-high is only 11 points in 41 games. Never the less Mckegg will be a valuable part of the Bruins team.
Boston only had a few unrestricted free agents during the free agency period. Their two Unrestricted Free Agents were captain Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug. Two key pieces to the Bruins franchise. Unfortunately, Torey Krug left in free agency to sign with the St. Louis Blues. Chara has not signed yet, so general manager Don Sweeney still has the opportunity to re-sign the long time Bruins captain.
The 29-year-old defensemen had been a vital piece to the Bruins blueline since 2013. He will be deeply missed by the Boston faithful. He was a big-time player for the Bruins. Always scoring goals in the clutch and playing some very important minutes for Boston during the regular season and playoffs. Krug is going to do wonders for the Blues as he always produces offensively by consistently putting up 50 points from the blueline. The Bruins are going to struggle without Krug, but Boston’s depth will try to replace his production. Boston fans should wish Torey good luck and thank him for all the positive memories.
What Can We Expect From Them?
After a very uneventful off-season, the Bruins are set for another successful season and, hopefully, a deep playoff run. Boston added to their offense by adding Craig Smith and Greg Mckegg. The team will still have a solid defense even after losing Torey Krug to the St. Louis Blues. The Goaltending will be the biggest question, but the duo of Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak should be one of the best in the league again. Bruins fans should be very excited when the NHL returns.
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