For the next five days CSNWashington.com will continue our team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.
This week: Northeast Division. Today: Boston Bruins
20011-12 Record: 49-29-4, 102 points
Where they finished: 1st in Northeast; 2nd in East; 7th in NHL
Coach: Claude Julien, 6th season
Key arrivals: D Garnet Exelby, LW Chris Bourque
Key departures: G Tim Thomas, G Marty Turco, LW Benoit Pouliot, LW Brian Roltson, C Zach Hamill, D Joe Corvo, D Greg Zanon, D Mike MottauProjected lineup
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley - Chris Kelly - Jordan Caron
Shawn Thornton - Gregory Campbell - Daniel Paille
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid
Tuukka Rask - Anton Khudobin
Our Take: Despite a hard-fought, first-round playoff loss to the seventh-seeded Capitals, the Bruins kept their team together by re-signing free agents forwards Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell along with defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Aside from goaltender Tim Thomas, who is taking a year off to be with his family, the Bs look a lot like they did last season. The biggest change is between the pipes, where Tuukka Rask has one year to prove hes capable of succeeding Thomas as Bostons No. 1 netminder. The Bruins will feel some pressure from Buffalo, but have the horses to win their third straight division title.Offseason grade: C
Will they make the 2013 playoffs? Yes.
Projected finish: 2nd in East
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