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Stanley Cup Final

How Eastern Conference champion Bruins were built

Two deadline trades, core from previous Stanley Cup Final trips shape roster

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

The Boston Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in nine seasons by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes with a 4-0 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final on May 16.

Five players from Boston's current roster were on its 2011 championship team: forwards Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Brad Marchand, defenseman Zdeno Chara and goalie Tuukka Rask. The Bruins reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2013, with defenseman Torey Krug joining Bergeron, Krejci, Marchand, Chara and Rask for that run in his rookie season.

Boston built its roster through the NHL Draft (nine players), free agency (11) and trades (five), including two moves prior to the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline.

 

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Here's how the roster of this Stanley Cup finalist was built, along with background on its coaching staff and general manager:

 

FORWARDS

Patrice Bergeron, C: Selected in the second round (No. 45) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Bergeron had an NHL career-high 79 points (32 goals, 47 assists) in 65 regular-season games and has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

David Krejci, C: Selected in the second round (No. 63) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Krejci tied his NHL career high from 2008-09 with 73 points (20 goals, 53 assists) in 81 regular-season games and has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 17 playoff games.

Charlie Coyle, C: Acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 20 for forward Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Coyle had six points (two goals, four assists) in 21 regular-season games with the Bruins and has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 17 playoff games.

Sean Kuraly, C: Had his rights acquired along with a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from the San Jose Sharks in a trade for goalie Martin Jones on June 30, 2015. Kuraly had 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 71 regular-season games and has five points (two goals, three assists) in 13 playoff games.

Brad Marchand, LW: Selected in the third round (No. 71) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Marchand had an NHL career-high 100 points (36 goals, 64 assists) in 79 regular-season games and leads the Bruins with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 17 playoff games.

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David Pastrnak, RW: Selected in the first round (No. 25) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Pastrnak had an NHL career-high 81 points (38 goals, 43 assists) in 66 regular-season games and has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 17 playoff games.

Jake DeBrusk, LW: Selected in the first round (No. 14) of the 2015 NHL Draft, DeBrusk scored 27 goals in 68 games in the regular season, his second in the NHL, and has seven points (three goals, four assists) in 17 playoff games.

David Backes, RW: Signed as a free agent July 1, 2016, Backes had 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 70 regular-season games and has five points (two goals, three assists) in 11 playoff games.

Marcus Johansson, LW: Acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 25 for a second-round pick in 2019 and a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, Johansson had three points (one goal, two assists) in 10 regular-season games with the Bruins and has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 15 playoff games.

Danton Heinen, RW: Selected in the fourth round (No. 116) of the 2014 draft, Heinen had 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 77 regular-season games and has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 17 playoff games.

Joakim Nordstrom, LW: Signed as a free agent July 1, 2018, Nordstrom had 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 70 regular-season games and has four points (two goals, two assists) in 16 playoff games.

Chris Wagner, RW: Signed as a free agent July 1, 2018, Wagner had 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) in 76 regular-season games and has two goals in 12 playoff games.

Noel Acciari, C: Signed as a free agent June 8, 2015, Acciari had 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 72 regular-season games and has two points (one goal, one assist) in 12 playoff games.

Karson Kuhlman, C: Signed as a free agent April 10, 2018, Kuhlman had five points (three goals, two assists) in 11 regular-season games and has two assists in six playoff games.

 

DEFENSEMEN

Torey Krug: Signed as a free agent March 25, 2012, Krug led Bruins defensemen with 53 points (six goals, 47 assists) in 64 regular-season games and has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 17 playoff games.

Charlie McAvoy : Selected in the first round (No. 14) of the 2016 draft, McAvoy had 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 54 regular-season games and has seven points (one goal, six assists) in 16 playoff games.

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Zdeno Chara: Signed as a free agent July 1, 2006, Chara had 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 62 regular-season games and has three points (one goal, two assists) in 16 playoff games. He has been Boston's captain since 2006-07, leading it to the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Brandon Carlo : Selected in the second round (No. 37) of the 2015 draft, Carlo had 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 72 regular-season games and has two assists in 17 playoff games.

Matt Grzelcyk : Selected in the third round (No. 85) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Grzelcyk had 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in 66 regular-season games and has seven points (three goals, four assists) in 17 playoff games.

Connor Clifton : Signed as a free agent May 3, 2018, Clifton had one assist in 19 regular-season games and has three points (one goal, two assists) in 12 playoff games.

Steven Kampfer : Acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on Sept. 11, 2018, along with a fourth-round pick and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft for defenseman Adam McQuaid, Kampfer had six points (three goals, three assists) in 35 regular-season games and has one point (one goal, no assists) in two playoff games. Kampfer played 38 regular-season games for the Bruins in 2010-11 (and 10 in 2011-12) but none during their run to the Cup.

John Moore : Signed as a free agent July 1, 2018, Moore had 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 61 regular-season games and has no points in five playoff games.

Kevan Miller : Signed as a free agent Oct. 21, 2011, Miller had seven points (no goals, seven assists) in 39 regular-season games but has not played in the postseason because of a knee injury.

 

GOALIES

Tuukka Rask: Had his rights acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 24, 2006, for goalie Andrew Raycroft. Rask went 27-13-5 with a .912 save percentage and four shutouts in 46 regular-season games. He is 12-5 with a .942 save percentage and two shutouts in 17 playoff games. Rask backed up Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas during Boston's Stanley Cup run in 2011 and started for the Bruins in the 2013 Cup Final, when they lost in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jaroslav Halak : Signed as a free agent July 1, 2018, Halak went 22-11-4 with a .922 save percentage and five shutouts in 40 regular-season games. He has not played in the postseason.

 

COACHING STAFF

Bruce Cassidy, coach: Hired as coach April 26, 2017; was named interim coach after Claude Julien was fired Feb. 7, 2017. Cassidy is 117-52-22 in three seasons with the Bruins and has guided them to the postseason each season, going 19-16 in 35 playoff games. Cassidy, a Jack Adams Award finalist as best coach in the NHL in 2017-18, was hired as an assistant on Julien's staff May 24, 2016. Cassidy coached the Washington Capitals for two seasons (2002-03, 2003-04).

Jay Pandolfo, assistant: Hired as an assistant to Julien on May 24, 2016. Pandolfo won the Stanley Cup twice as a player with the Devils (2000, 2003) and retired after playing his final season with the Bruins in 2012-13.

Joe Sacco, assistant: Hired as an assistant to Julien on July 24, 2014. Sacco was Colorado Avalanche coach for four seasons, from 2009-10 to 2012-13, and a Jack Adams Award finalist for 2009-10.

Kevin Dean, assistant: Hired as an assistant to Cassidy on June 13, 2017. Dean was coach of Providence, Boston's affiliate in the American Hockey League, for one season in 2016-17 and reached the Eastern Conference Finals in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Bob Essensa, goaltending coach: Hired on Sept. 9, 2003. Essensa works with goalies in Boston and Providence. He went 173-176 with 47 ties in 11 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres.

 

GENERAL MANAGER

Don Sweeney: Hired as general manager May 20, 2015, replacing Peter Chiarelli. Sweeney was Boston's assistant GM for six seasons dating to Sept. 26, 2009. Selected by the Bruins as a defenseman with the 166th pick in the 1984 NHL Draft, Sweeney played 15 of his 16 NHL seasons with Boston and had 273 points (52 goals, 221 assists) in 1,115 NHL games.

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