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The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL).
The 2004-05 NHL season was wiped out by a lockout, and the Bruins had a lot of space within the new salary cap implemented for 2005-06. Bruins management eschewed younger free agents in favor of older veterans such as Alexei Zhamnov and Brian Leetch. The newcomers were oft-injured, and by the end of November, the Bruins team traded their captain and franchise player, Joe Thornton (who would go on to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophies that season). In exchange, the Bruins received Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau from the San Jose Sharks.
After losing ten of eleven games before the trade (while the Sharks won Thornton's first seven games in San Jose), the Bruins came back with a 3-0 victory over the league-leading Ottawa Senators, as rookie goaltender Hannu Toivonen earned his first career NHL shutout victory. When Toivonen went down (for the rest of the season) with an injury in January, journeyman goalie Tim Thomas started sixteen straight games and brought the Bruins back into the playoff hunt. Two points out of eighth place at the Winter Olympic break, the Bruins fired general manager Mike O'Connell in March and the Bruins missed the playoffs for the first time in five years. They finished thirteenth in the Eastern Conference and earned the fifth pick in the NHL Draft Lottery, which they used to draft U.S. college player Phil Kessel, who dropped out of college early to sign with the team on August 17, 2006.
In May, former Ottawa assistant general manager Peter Chiarelli was hired as the new GM of the team. Head coach Mike Sullivan was fired and Dave Lewis, former coach of the Detroit Red Wings, was hired to replace him while Marc Habscheid was named associate coach. The Bruins then made headlines on the first day of free-agent signing when they inked Zdeno Chara, one of the most coveted defensemen in the NHL and a former NHL All-Star, from the Senators, and Marc Savard, who finished just three points short of a 100-point season in '05-'06 with the Atlanta Thrashers, to long-term deals. Bergeron was re-signed by the Bruins on August 22, 2006 to a multi-year contract, keeping the developing player on the team for some years to come. Goaltender Andrew Raycroft and defenseman Hal Gill both went to Toronto.
On August 20, 2006, The Boston Globe reported that the Bruins will get rid of their gold third jerseys for 2006-07 in favor of a new third jersey mimicking the 1966-67 jerseys. The new third jersey will be used against Original Six opponents, and one matchup against the Ottawa Senators. Get your tickets early for the best seat selection.
Select Hall of Famers: Raymond Bourque - D - 1979–2000 , Paul Coffey - D - 2000–01 , Joe Mullen - RW - 1995–96 , Brad Park - D - 1975–83 , Jean Ratelle - C - 1975–81 , Terry Sawchuk - G - 1955–57 , Milt Schmidt - C - 1936–55 , Allan Stanley - D - 1956–58