Even though it did not result in a Stanley Cup Finals victory, the Boston Bruins still had a magnificent 2018 season. They finished second in points in Eastern Conference with 112, just one point behind the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning and entered the playoffs as the two seed. After taking care of the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games in round one, they faced off against the Lightning in round two, losing in five games. Still, it was a great year.
The Boston Bruins had a great 2019 regular season, finishing second in the Eastern Conference with 107 points. In round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they were matched up against the young and talented Toronto Maple Leafs, who took the Bruins to seven games before finally bowing out. In round two they met the Columbus Blue Jackets, who had just pulled off the most remarkable upset in the NHL history against Tampa Bay. The Bruins dispatched of the Blue Jackets in six games before moving on to face the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals. It is supposed to get tougher, not easier, the deeper into the playoffs you go, but don’t tell that to this fast and talented team. They swept the Hurricanes to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. In the Finals they met the St. Louis Blues and the series went the full seven games before the Blues finally prevailed.
The Bruins held the 30th selection overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, and they used it to take center John Beecher, a solid player from the very talented United States U18 National Team. In free agency, the Bruins added right-winger Brenden Gaunce for one season, left-winger Par Lindholm for two seasons, goaltender Maxime Lagace for one season, and right-winger Brett Richie for one season. Boston decided that they like their roster as is, and only small changes were necessary. This may be very true, as they did take the Blues to seven games in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Boston Bruins, founded in 1924, are the third oldest team in the NHL in existence and the oldest team in the United States. The Bruins have an array of accomplishments spread out all over their history, so it is hard to pick just one era. Overall they have won their division 25 times, most recently in 2014. The Bruins have also won the Presidents' Trophy twice, 1990, and 2014. Since the league went to Conference format the Bruins have won the Eastern Conference four times- 1988, 1990, 2011, and 2013. In addition, the Bruins have also won the Stanley Cup six times- 1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, and 2011. The general manager is Don Sweeney and the head coach is Claude Julien. The Bruins currently play at the TD Center, founded in 1995.
Currently, the Boston Bruins are just coming down from a nice long run of success. Last season, 2015, was the first time the Bruins missed the playoffs since 2007. During this run of success, the Bruins signature season was the 2011, the year in which they won their most recent Stanley Cup, defeating the Vancouver Canucks in seven games. Looking at the roster situation, many say it might be time for a rebuild of the Bruins, although maybe not quite yet. The roster does lean on the older side though. The captain is 38-year-old Zdeno Chara, and who knows how long he is going to play for.
The Boston Bruins had a “ho hum” 2016-2017 season, finishing the year with 95 points, good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. They promptly lost to the Ottawa Senators in six games in round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Nothing to see here, move along. This is another team that is in danger of getting caught in a web of mediocrity. All of their best players are in the prime of their careers, or at the end of them. Case in point, their best player, 32-year-old center Patrice Bergeron. Also case in point, 40-year-old defensemen Zdeno Chara. For the draft, they went defense, adding Urho Vaakanainen with the 18th overall selection. But they need a lot more. The Bruins need to get younger, and they need to get younger fast. For the moment, this team is trending down, not up.