A good chunk of the Bruins core remains intact but this offseason has produced more roster changes than the last couple of years.
Out are Nathan Horton (free agent signing in Columbus) Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley (traded to Dallas) and Andrew Ference (free agent signing in Edmonton). In are future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla presumably to take Horton’s spot on the top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson expected to slide into Seguin’s spot on the line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

Those changes were the main topics of conversation at Shawn Thornton’s fourth annual Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s golf tournament at Ferncroft Country Club yesterday. And the Bruins in attendance yesterday believe they can move forward without skipping a beat.
“I think our team looks good and we can be competitive again” goalie Tuukka Rask said. “It hurts to lose the guys we did but that’s the sad business side of it sometimes. But we lost those guys and I think the guys we got as replacements are as good if not better. I think we’re in a good spot.”
Thornton believes that with the type of players coming in the transition should be “seamless.”

“With Loui Eriksson both Axelsson brothers (former Bruin P.J. and his younger brother Anton) texted me and told me what a great guy he is and how much we’re going to love him” Thornton said. “I haven’t played against him a ton obviously because he was (in the Western Conference). I heard a lot of rumors that he might be the most underrated guy out there. He’s scored 25-30 goals for the last few years he’s great defensively.

“Iggy obviously the numbers speak for themselves. Everyone knows who he is. He’ll be a great fit on that line. I know Looch and Horty had a lot of chemistry and they got along really well off the ice. I think Iggy should fit very (well). I like where our team’s at. On paper we look good but paper’s one thing. We still have to perform still but I’m excited for the upcoming year.”
Thornton 36 has one year left on his deal with the B’s but is not yet thinking about a farewell tour and the new additions clearly have him enthused.