Are They Still a Solid Choice?

Published September 3, 2023 at 11:16
BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
Despite a record-breaking 2022-23 regular season, there's a prevailing belief that the Bruins might slip in the standings due to the departure of key players, most notably the six-time Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron. David Krejci's absence also adds to the challenge. Not to mention the exits of Taylor Hall, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dmitry Orlov, Garnet Hathaway, Nick Foligno, Tomas Nosek, and Connor Clifton.

After a spectacular season that ended with a first-round playoff defeat, the Bruins' current status raises significant uncertainties.

Nevertheless, Sportsnet NHL Insider Jeff Marek shared his insights on the recent 32 Thoughts Podcast, highlighting the Boston Bruins' tendency to defy expectations, much like they did last season.

Marek stated,
«Let's be honest, you can't expect to return as the same team. Losing Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci means you won't be anywhere near where you were,» Marek mentioned while chatting with co-host Elliotte Friedman. «But I'm not ready to write off the Boston Bruins like some people are, saying this is a disaster; if teams like Detroit, Buffalo, or Ottawa are making strides, it's those teams that will feel the impact. The Bruins have a knack for finding solutions. I get it's tough. Charlie Coyle and Pavel Zacha as your top two centers raise questions. And you wonder how other players who teamed up with, especially Bergeron, will fare now that Bergeron and Krejci are absent.» Marek emphasized. «Still, there's a lot of talent on that team – their defense, goalies, David Pastrnak – there's plenty of talent.»



As per DraftKings Sportsbook, the Bruins currently have odds of +1600 to win the Stanley Cup, +850 to win the Eastern Conference, +1600 to win the Presidents' Trophy, and +380 to win the Atlantic Division. They might very well exceed expectations, so it might be worth considering putting your faith, and perhaps your money, behind them.

As seen on: BOS Hockey Now
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