The Sports Hub’s own Ty Anderson and Matt Dolloff previewed the 2020-21 Boston Bruins season on the newest episode of the SideLines podcast. While the B’s should be a contending team in their division and make the playoffs, Anderson is concerned that they’re trying to rebuild their defense on the fly and win the Stanley Cup in the same season.
“I think that they’re trying to accomplish two things at the same time which is difficult,” Anderson said. “It’s hard to develop young defensemen and also win now, and that’s what they’re trying to do. They have two 35-year-old centers. Their best winger not named Pastrnak is 32. Their goalies are 33 and 35. That’s the part that’s frustrating to me. You’re trying to appease two different philosophies here, and especially in a 56-game season, that’s going to be difficult to do.”
Part of Anderson and Dolloff’s concerns are that the Bruins may not have enough patience for their younger players to correct their mistakes and could revert to their veteran reserves too quickly. It would leave a lot of people wondering why they are here and Zdeno Chara is not.
“I do want to see how long the leash is,” Anderson added. “If by game 15 the third pairing is John Moore and Kevan Miller, I’m sitting here wondering why Chara is in Washington, and you’re playing [against] him eight times instead of playing him [on your own team].”
Listen to the full SideLines podcast above, with the Bruins talk starting at around the 10:34 mark.
The Bruins drop the puck for the first time in the 2020-21 season on Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. You can hear the game right here on 98.5 The Sports Hub, starting with pregame at 6:30.