A new year, a new face


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Tuukka makes glove save

   Two goals, 17 seconds. That is the way the Bruins’ season ended, leaving players and fans questioning, ‘what just happened?’ But this year will be different, in both a good way, and in a bad way, with additions to the team such as Loui Eriksson, Chad Johnson, Jordan Caron, Reilly Smith, Carl Soderberg, Kevan Miller, and the big addition, Jarome Iginla.

   With these additions to the team, it almost seems that the Bruins never let anyone go. During the off season, the Bruins let go two of vital players, Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton. The Bruins traded Seguin for Eriksson, and now Eriksson has the job of filling the hole Seguin left behind.

   When Horton reportedly stated, “ I just want to be on a quieter team,” the Bruins managed to find him a much quieter team– the Columbus Blue Jackets. Unfortunately for Horton, he will miss many months of hockey due to a shoulder surgery, which will dramatically affect his playing time not only when he returns, but for the next season as well.

   Even though he didn’t make the cut, Malcolm Subban, brother of Montreal Canadian’s player, P.K. Subban, was a huge aspect to the team during pre-season. Subban started off strong, keeping the Canadians at bay; not allowing any goals. He quickly ran into trouble when he let in eight goals against the Detroit Red Wings. Subban will be spending the 2013-2014 season playing for the Bruins’ feeder team, the Providence Bruins, in the AHL.

   The Bruins ended the pre-season 6-1, only losing once against the Detroit Red Wings. But one problem still looms over the team, and all other teams in the NHL: a two week stretch in February that will be taken away due to the Russian Winter Olympics in Sochi. But the Bruins will have to deal with the extended break, and hopefully they use that time wisely to practice, in preparation for yet another Stanley Cup-winning year.