For the second time in less than three years, the Bruins are a franchise in need of a new captain.
Consider it just another hole created by the retirement of Patrice Bergeron.
And what makes the 2023 hunt for a new captain different than the one ahead of the pandemic-delayed 2021 campaign is that there’s not really a clear-cut, no-doubt-about-it option like Bergeron was when replacing Zdeno Chara. There’s multiple candidates for the vacancy this time around, without a doubt, but there’s not one you look at and go, “Yes, it’s absolutely him.”
Now, part of that has to do with where the Bruins are as a franchise.
Bergeron’s retirement, along with the expected departure of David Krejci, inches the Bruins even closer to the ‘new era’ of the franchise that’s been coming for the franchise for half a decade at this point. That, naturally, opens the door to the possibility of the Bruins truly embracing that with a captain that is more on the younger side than Bergeron was when he took over for Chara, and allowing the Bruins’ oft-talked-about next wave take over as the franchise’s new leadership core.
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.