Considering all of the questions revolving around the Bruins roster and how best to maximize its potential once the regular season commences in nine days — Bruce Cassidy and Co. have had the luxury of not needing to fret over what Boston possesses at the pivot this year.
While some less fortunate clubs are both scribbling and erasing names on a whiteboard while fretting over the lack of stability down the middle, Boston has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the four men it has locked into the lineup come October 3 in Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Charlie Coyle and Sean Kuraly.
“We have a very dominant group through the middle,” Brad Marchand said.“The puck control and their ability to set plays in the middle and distribute wide or to get pucks wide or to get pucks back and open up space. They all have different abilities and different ways that they can do it. Kurls has that speed and Chuckie is just so dynamic — the way he can cut back and is very fast. Krech can slow it down or can dangle through anyone. And Bergy does a bit of everything. So it’s just dynamic all the way through the middle.”
And yet, for all of the talent at the center position — what stands as a well-oiled machine up front for the Bruins, faces the risk of grinding to a halt with just one mishap.