Ever since the loss in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, things have gone downhill for the Bruins. First came the horrific Tyler Seguin trade that summer, followed by a first-round exit to Montreal in 2014. It was that offseason where they gave up Johnny Boychuk in another bad trade. They missed the playoffs in 2015. Then came the Dougie Hamilton trade, along with the loss of Milan Lucic. 2016 was an even worse season, finishing with 86 points.
Their chances ended with the shootout loss to Carolina. A great save by Cam Ward in overtime and the shootout winner by hometown rookie, Noah Hanifin, were the difference in the game. What looked like a decent season mid-way through went down the drain in the final month.
The main moves they made this offseason was the re-signing of John-Michael Liles and Torey Krug, along with acquiring David Backes in free agency. The defense doesn’t look to strong overall, and, as of now, they only have 5. The plan is to give some of their youth a chance, most likely Colin Miller, but it is still not an impressive group.
David Backes is a great player, but the 7 year contract makes it not such a great move. Will he improve the team? Possibly, but with New Jersey, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Carolina all looking at a playoff run, as well as Montreal looking to get back in, I do not see a playoff run this season for the Bruins.