Here in New England, fall is quickly approaching. The leaves are starting to turn, football returns in a few short days, baseball is winding down towards the postseason and pumpkin spice lattes are literally everywhere. The return of cooler weather also means that hockey season is almost upon us, which brings mixed emotions for Bruins fans.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited for my favorite sport to be back underway (I already have tickets for a few games this fall) but that doesn't mean I'm not still skeptical of how this season will unfold. After missing the playoffs the last two years, a result that didn't sit well with Boston fans, the city is itching to rebound, rebuild and get back to the team of contenders that was just a few years prior. I think any hockey fan in this city would have told you that defense was a top priority this offseason, but with limited cap space and passing on top defensive prospects in the draft, we're left to make do with our almost 40-year-old captain and a handful of somewhat-decent D-men to fill out the back end of the roster.
The good news is, the offensive core is still in its prime and hopefully can carry the team. The signing of David Backes (length of contract aside) will bring some additional grit and scoring to the group. The Patron Saint of Boston hockey, Patrice Bergeron is sure to continue his on and off-ice leadership role and is primed to take over the C when Chara inevitably retires.
With tried and trusted players up front like Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci and Backes along with young talent like David Pastrnak, Frank Vatrano and Ryan Spooner, I've said my prayers to the hockey gods that Rask and the offense can keep opponents at bay enough to win us some hockey games.
So here we go again... time to trust in Boston. See y'all this season at the Garden.