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    Questions continue for B’s at State of the Bruins

    Tim Rosenthal September 18, 2014

    The first day of training camp often brings several questions along with it, and it’s no different for the Boston Bruins. In addition to off-ice testing, the Black and Gold took questions from reporters as they began their preparation for the 2014-15 National Hockey League season.

    Those weren’t the only questions, they took on day one. On Thursday, the team held their annual “State of the Bruins” event for season ticket holders as they took questions from the several fans who attended the festivities at the TD Garden. Captain Zdeno Chara and assistant captains Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, as well as Claude Julien, Peter Chiarelli, Cam Neely and Jeremy and Charlie Jacobs consisted of this year’s panel.

    As always, the State of the Bruins brought some interesting interactions between the fans and the team. And the questions, well they didn’t disappoint.

    The wide range of questions included some lighthearted moments like a young fan asking Chara if he thinks the Bruins will make the playoffs and a millennial asking about who is responsible for the playlist the team plays at warmups (while also showing her displeasure). But there were also some hard-hitting questions towards Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien about trade rumors surrounding Johnny Boychuk and re-signing Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. And there was plenty of off-ice discussion as well about the renovations on Causeway Street and the B’s new practice facility at the New Balance Pavilion.

    Here are a list of tweets from the Q&A session:





    Still, at one point or another, many of the panelist echoed their thoughts on capturing the ultimate prize: the Stanley Cup. After last year’s disappointing second round exit to the hated Montreal Canadiens, there’s a good reason why the team is looking ahead to what’s in store for the upcoming season.

    “We have a great organization, we have great young talent going through [Providence], and I think we’re going to be good,” Jeremy Jacobs said after the event. “We’ve continued to make this team better…and you don’t want to make many changes to the great team that we have.”

    With the Bruins still in salary cap hell, Chiarelli will have to clear space before the start of the season – even if they are unable to come to terms with Smith and Krug. Because of his friendly salary cap hit on the last year of his contract, Boychuk’s name is obviously the subject of many rumors, but with several players eying a spot on the blue-line (including David Warsofsky), the popular defenseman might be shipped elsewhere.

    Still, the opening night roster will look a little different when the Black and Gold prepare for the stretch run. They are hoping that the 20 men who don the spoked B come playoff time give them the best chance at tasting Lord’s Stanley Cup.

    “We talk about it all the time, what does our Stanley Cup roster look like?” said Neely. “I can understand frustrations, I get that, especially coming off the heels of last playoff. We talk about winning all the time, that’s first and foremost.”

    The Bruins might have used the term “winning” a little more than Charlie Sheen, but the fact is this team prides itself on being one of the elite teams in the league.

    Winning also happens to be the best answer to any question.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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