Detroit Red Wings are heading into their second season as a part of the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division – even though most of the teams are not even near the Atlantic Ocean – and the editors from our Atlantic Division rivals will be answering a few questions regarding their team, the Detroit Red Wings, and the upcoming season.
Andrew Thompson (AT) the editor of Causeway Crowd, where they cover the Boston Bruins, joins us today.
What were the Boston Bruins’ biggest additions or subtractions from your team during the off-season?
AT: When it comes to additions and subtractions two names stick out (and in the throats) for Bruins fans. Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton. The Bruins should consider themselves lucky just to have had Iginla around for a year. He brought speed, skill, and some serious physicality to the Bruins top line. Thornton will be missed for his skill set as well (not to mention being a Bruin who would sign your hat in the middle of a Shaw’s Supermarket).
Me: Losing Iginla will create a hole in the Bruins’ top six, but I feel the loss of Thornton will not be a big deal for Boston.
Which player on the Boston Bruins will strike fear in the hearts of Detroit Red Wings when on the ice?
AT: While I don’t believe any Red Wing would be afraid of our players, they will need to have the same respect and wariness of Patrice Bergeron that the Bruins have for Pavel Datsyuk. Bergeron is probably the best three-zone, two-way player in hockey right now.
Me: Bergeron is a great two-way forward, but to classify him in a higher ranking than Datsyuk might be going a bit far.
Which player on Detroit are Bruins’ fans most afraid of when he is on the ice?
AT: On the other side of the ice, Datsyuk’s hands are magical. When he scored against us last season, we may have groaned with equal parts frustration and envy. He’s just disgustingly good at his job.
Me: Four in a row for Datsyuk now and do not forget that Pavel Datsyuk made Bergeron say, “Are you serious?” after Datsyuk caught up to him and lifted his stick before he could shoot the puck.
Iginla is gone because of the cap crunch in Boston, will the crunch continue to affect the team moving forward?
AT: The Bruins are in cap hell. The only way they’re getting out of cap hell is that the league throws them a $75 million cap ceiling next season, or the Bruins are prepared to make some truly painful choices. David Krejci will be up for a contract, as will Johnny Boychuk. While the Bruins can look to their organizational depth to fix one big hole, the 2015-16 season could see an entirely different looking team playing in Boston.
Me: Losing Krejci might be harder for fans to swallow than losing Boychuck, but neither are great options.
Who do you predict will win the regular season series?
AT: I figure we’ll split the series. Both teams play to their strengths and that can lead to intense defensive games.
Me: A split would be good for Detroit because as of now the Bruins own the advantage in net.
A big thank you to Andrew over at Causeway Crowd for answering these questions and it will be a great season!