The joining of the Bruins’ most effective line in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final was a long time in the making.
It took a couple days after he joined the Bruins in a 2009 trade from Tampa Bay for Mark Recchi to learn he shared an amazing amount of chemistry with center Patrice Bergeron. Those two stayed together for almost the entirety of Recchi’s tenure with the Bruins.
Then last season Brad Marchand started the year on the fourth line next to Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. That line was extremely effective, but by January head coach Claude Julien decided it was time to see what Marchand could do in a more prominent role. Marchand joined Recchi and Bergeron to give the Bruins a top-notch, two-way second line for most of the rest of the season. Their run culminated with a six-point, plus-10 performance in the Bruins’ Cup-clinching win in Vancouver.
Now Recchi, barring a major change of mind, is retired. Marchand is still unsigned as a restricted free agent, but he’s expected to get something done by the time the season ends. The Bruins, if they keep Marchand and Bergeron together, need a need a new right winger for their second line.
So I ask you, readers of TheBruinsBlog.net:
Who should replace Mark Recchi on the Bergeron Line?
- Tyler Seguin (52%, 182 Votes)
- Rich Peverley (27%, 95 Votes)
- Jordan Caron (18%, 62 Votes)
- Someone else (write in comments section) (3%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 348