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Bruins' keys include power play, replacing Iginla

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Peter Chiarelli has traded away some big-name players during his eight seasons as general manager of the Boston Bruins and allowed others, like forward Jarome Iginla this summer, to leave as unrestricted free agents.

But regardless of how the Bruins' season ended, Chiarelli has kept the core intact.

Despite winning the Presidents' Trophy and then losing in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Montreal Canadiens last season, Chiarelli did it again. The core and most of the supporting cast is back for 2014-15. And Chiarelli has made sure the core that starts with center Patrice Bergeron, defenseman Zdeno Chara and goaltender Tuukka Rask will include center David Krejci for the foreseeable future. Krejci signed a contract extension this fall that kicks in after this season for six more years.

"It's awesome that they believe in you, that they trust you, that means a lot," Krejci said. "You just go out there and you play the game, you don't think about anything else. To have Peter, [president] Cam [Neely], the whole organization behind me, that's awesome, that's perfect. … So hopefully we can make a run, and that's why I signed here. I want to win another Cup, and this is the team that can do it and I'm happy to be here."

The Bruins thought they had enough to win the Cup last season. Chiarelli has bet the early playoff exit was an aberration. Only Iginla, forward Shawn Thornton, and goaltender Chad Johnson are gone. What holes there are in the lineup project to be filled by veterans who have been waiting for a bigger role, or prospects.

The Bruins have gone to the Stanley Cup Final the past two odd-numbered years. Here are the three keys for them to do it again in 2014-15:

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Bruins shrug off disappointment, reset sights on Cup

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

The question came from a perturbed fan in the stands at TD Garden for the Boston Bruins' annual State of the Bruins town hall meeting just before the start of training camp.

The fan alluded to the notion the Boston Celtics only hang banners for their world championships because that's their only goal, but the Bruins have banners commemorating their division and conference titles, in addition to their Stanley Cup championships, because they're not as committed to winning world titles.

It didn't take Bruins president Cam Neely a breath to grab the microphone and respond to the disgruntled customer by flatly denying the person's premise was accurate. After the event, Neely expanded on what the Bruins' biggest target is every season.

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Bruins found winning ticket with Bergeron linemates

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Entering his 11th NHL season, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has had dozens of linemates. He's worked well with some, better with others. One thing he's learned is that line chemistry is as easy to predict as the lottery.

But when the right numbers come up, the jackpot can be big.

The Bruins hit the lottery last season when the line of Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith combined for 75 goals and 91 assists, had the Corsi-for percentage of any line that played at least 300 minutes together at even strength according to Progressivehockey.com, and helped Boston win the Presidents' Trophy. Bergeron had his second 30-goal season and was second on the Bruins with 62 points; Marchand's 25 goals were the second-most he's had in a season; and Smith, in his first full NHL season, had 20 goals and 51 points.

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