Former Bruin Tyler Seguin arrives in Boston on November 5th for the first time since being traded to Dallas
The NHL released 2013-14 regular season schedule yesterday, and those eager to see their beloved Boston Bruins back in action won’t have to wait very long. In fact, those very fans can start circling games on their calendars by taking a look here at next season’s schedule. Here are ten games that might catch your attention.
October 3rd, 2013 Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: This is the Bruins home and season opener. Fans in attendance will likely get treated to a bittersweet banner raising regarding the Eastern Conference crown. Boston fans will also get a look at a much different team than they had last season. Gone are Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, Jaromir Jagr, Andrew Ference, and Nathan Horton. In are Loui Eriksson, and Jarome Iginla as well youngsters like Niklas Svedberg, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, as well newbies Matt Fraser, and Reilly Smith possibly making a impact with the big club next season. It may not be a match up for the ages, but it is the start of the Bruins’ season. This game can’t come fast enough.
October 5th, 2013 Vs. Detroit Red Wings: What better way to invite the winged wheel to the newly title Atlantic Division than with a thorough beating in Boston? The Bruins welcome the Detroit Red Wings to Beantown on this night for the first time under the new realignment. It is always a treat to see two original six franchises go head to head, but is also adds intrigue given the fact that Daniel Alfredsson spurned the B’s in favor of the Wings. This division is now loaded with original sixes. Let’s start the year off right with a clash of legendary NHL franchises.
November 5th, 2013 Vs. Dallas Stars: This game marks Tyler Seguin’s (and Rich Peverley’s) first game back in Boston since the controversial trade following the 2013 NHL Draft. It will be weird seeing the former Bruin suit up for a different team, but questions over his dedication and maturity cloud the reality of the situation, which is the current window the Bruins have with the current core. It was a risky deal that Peter Chiarelli pulled, I believe he made the right call, but this game will be our first glimpse of whether or not he was right.
Nathan Horton with his new Columbus Blue Jackets jersey, he come to town November 14th
November 14th, 2013 Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Nathan Horton makes his return to Boston after signing a ridiculously bad contract given to him by the Blue Jackets. Horton signed a 7 year deal worth $5.3 million per season, and effectively left the team after saying, and I’m quoting here, “I would love to come back”. The truth , or the one his supporters are feeding you, is that he wanted to get away from the fast paced city life Boston. The real truth is that he wanted a ridiculous amount of money and term for only really showing up for 15-20 games out of the year. So I say good riddance to Horton, and I want to wish him the best of luck at the bottom of the NHL food chain in Columbus for what will likely be the rest of his underwhelming career.
December 5th, 2013 Vs. Montreal Canadiens: If you need me to explain why this one is important to you, you should probably trade your pink hat in. This the first meeting of the season for the Bruins and Canadiens. The sparks always fly when these two meet, and they never fail to prove why they are part of the best rivalry in all of Hockey. The Canadiens have a good squad despite getting bounced by the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs last season, and they always pose a challenge to the B’s
December 14th, 2013 At Vancouver Canucks: This game marks the Bruins’ first return to Vancouver since leaving the place in 2011 with the Stanley Cup. A lot has changed for both squads since then, and there is still some very serious animosity there as well. The Canucks pulled one of the more shocking trades during the offseason by shipping Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for the 9th overall pick. They ended the goaltending controversy that had plaguing them since the end of the 2011 season and made Roberto Luongo the official starter for the… well who’s counting? They also canned Alain Vigneault, and hired John Tortorella, which is always good for a laugh. Really looking forward to seeing Torts convince that merry band of softies to dive in front of the puck like he got the Rangers to.
January 19th, 2014 At Chicago Blackhawks: A rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. No fan should harbor any will towards the Hawks, as they truly are an elite franchise, but that doesn’t change the fact that we want to see the Bruins crush them in their barn. This is a completely different Boston team with a roster that is arguably the finest in the NHL. This is going to be one hell of a game, and will be the closest thing to a playoff game we will get during the regular season.
Andrew Ference makes his return to Boston on February 1st after signing with his hometown Edmonton Oilers in free agency
February 1st, 2014 Vs. Edmonton Oilers: Andrew Ference makes his return to the Bruins after signing with his hometown Edmonton Oilers in the offseason. Out of all the players to leave Boston in the last couple of years, Ference was the toughest for me. This guy bleeds black and gold, he is a leader, and a Bruin for life. Unfortunately the salary cap has its consequences and he was a victim, but this will not be a game about rivalries, it will be about celebrating the return of a player who helped create this winning atmosphere in Boston. I can’t wait to see Andy again, and I hope the video honor does him justice. Thank you for everything Andy.
February 4th, 2014 Vs. Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks again Matt? Yes, As someone who truly loves the game and the athletes within, it is very rare for me to have a deep hatred for a team, but the Canucks are an exception. Now that Luongo doesn’t have Schneider to hide behind this time in Boston, it will be interesting to see if he actually plays. The TD Garden is a house of horrors for Luongo, and I expect every Bruin fan to continue haunting him while he is here. Can I get a “Pump your tires” chant? We never forget Luu… ever.
March 27th, Vs. Chicago Blackhawks: The Hawks make their first return to Boston since leaving with the Stanley Cup. Given the place in the season this game takes place, I’m marking this one down as the game that motivates the Bruins into pulling another possible run at Lord Stanley. Never forgive, and never forget. Go Bruins.
If you see any games you are looking forward to in the link above, feel free to write them below.
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