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theScore is previewing each team leading up to the 2016-17 season.
The Boston Bruins enter the 2016-17 season having made few offseason moves.
The club was ultimately unable to come to terms with second-leading scorer Loui Eriksson, who took his talents back to the Western Conference and the Vancouver Canucks.
In his place, the Bruins took what some might deem a gamble, committing five years and $30 million to former St. Louis Blues captain David Backes.
The Bruins missed the postseason by a mere three points last season but should push for a playoff berth once again in 2016-17. With no vast offseason improvements, however, success will have to come from within.
While the Bruins top nine forwards appear set in stone, there could be competition, especially with Peter Mueller, who was signed to a professional tryout, and Seth Griffith, who looks like he may have outgrown the AHL.
The Bruins defensive depth is thin, so don't expect too many surprises coming out of training camp.
Both Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre could have a chance at the backup goalie position, but unless they marvel in preseason and/or Anton Khudobin is unexpectedly terrible, they're likely to start the season in the AHL.