One of the turning points of the Bruins’ run to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship was the decision to pair Zdeno Chara with Dennis Seidenberg against Montreal.
The Canadiens had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the series and the Bruins were grasping for a way to get their best defensemen on the ice as often as possible against Montreal’s best scorers.
Chara and Seidenberg emerged as a defensive pair whose level of dominance had not been seen anywhere during the 2010-11 NHL season. Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk, and Adam McQuaid and Tomas Kaberle, wound up forming solid second and third pairs as well.
However, during the regular season the Bruins often find it best to balance out their defense pairs in an effort to limit the workload on Chara and Seidenberg and also give the other players more of a chance to play a prominent role. Last season during the regular season, pretty much everyone played with everyone else and the Bruins played about half the season without set D pairs. When things settled down, Chara-Boychuk and Kaberle-Seidenberg were rolling steady until the big switch in the Habs series.
With about five weeks until training camp opens for the 2011-12 season, I ask you:
Who should be Zdeno Chara's defense partner?
- Dennis Seidenberg (34%, 75 Votes)
- Johnny Boychuk (25%, 56 Votes)
- Joe Corvo (21%, 46 Votes)
- Adam McQuaid (13%, 29 Votes)
- Andrew Ference (7%, 17 Votes)
Total Voters: 223