August 31-in-31: Boston Bruins




Offseason Moves


Early offseason moves, including results of the NHL Entry Draft, were covered in July’s 31-in-31 series. If you missed it, please follow this link:


The Bruins have not been very active since July’s article, with Don Sweeney often referencing “internal competition” as the method in which the Bruins will fill their roster holes this season.



The roster holes discussed are limited, however, which should make the team’s upcoming training camp quite fierce. The organization features many players that should be considered “on the cusp” of breaking through the NHL barrier. This includes players with high offensive upside, those with strong defensive games, or simply those with nothing left to prove at other levels of hockey. The team’s few UFA signings this offseason, coupled with their abundance of borderline prospects, should ensure that Sweeney gets the internal competition that he so desires.


The most significant news to come since July’s article is the official loss of UFA Marcus Johansson, who elected to sign a two-year deal with Buffalo rather than return to the Bruins. While Johansson was a very effective player for the Bruins during his short tenure with the team, he was simply a luxury winger that the team could not afford. His loss is also less significant than it is being