With playoffs slowly approaching, one of the best memories that come to mind is the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Easily one of the best playoff series I have ever watched, it is the most recent year the B’s won it all.
It also has me thinking, where did the team end up?
And by that, I mean, Where are they now?
If you think about it, the cup win was almost 7 years ago, and it is not really that common to stay with one team for 7 seasons. Today I wanted to look back on the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Champs and see where they are today.
The good news for us Bruins fans is that six players on that Cup team still play for the Bruins, including Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Adam McQuaid, and Tuukka Rask.
Since then, Patrice Bergeron has won four Selke Trophies, two All-Star game appearances, a King Clancy Memorial Trophy, an Olympic Gold Medal, and appeared on the cover of NHL 15. That’s a lot of accomplishments in almost seven years for our Lord and Savior.
Brad Marchand has since been that pest we all know and love. He is the Bruins active leader in Shorthanded goals (22), the Bruins all-time leader in overtime game-winning goals (11), and has had 332 points in his career since the 2011-12 season (not counting this season).
Tuukka Rask has taken over the position as the number one goaltender for the Boston Bruins, and has a shiny Vezina Trophy, an All-Star game appearance, and was named to the First NHL All-Star team in 2014. Like Bergeron, he also took home some hardware in the 2014 Olympics, a Bronze Medal.
Zdeno Chara is currently playing in the last season of his contract with the Bruins. He has since hit the 1,000 games played milestone, named a captain for the 2012 NHL All-Star game, called to both the NHL All-Star first and second teams, a Norris Trophy finalist in 2012 & 2014, and won the competition for the NHL hardest shot in 2012.
As for both David Krejci and Adam McQuaid, they have both been mainstays in the Bruins lineup when healthy. McQuaid has recently just returned to the lineup after a broken fibula and has yet to play a full 82 game season in his career. Krejci is on pace to hit 60 points this season, for the 6th time in his career, and is currently thriving on a line with newcomer Rick Nash. At the end of last season, he sat at 339 points since the 2011 Cup win.
Now that we went through the players still on the Bruins Active Roster, there is a huge chunk that either plays with another team or has since retired.
After the Cup win, Gregory Campbell stayed with the Bruins until after the 2014-15 season and then signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. After an 11 point, 82 game season with Columbus, Campbell was then placed on waivers and then retired after the 2016-17 season after unwilling to go to the AHL. After retirement, he then joined the Blue Jackets staff as a developmental coach.
As much as Bruins fans hate hearing his name anymore, Tyler Seguin is still doing his thing in the NHL. Seguin was traded to Dallas for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow during the 2013 offseason. Since that trade, Seguin has registered 370 points in Dallas in 373 games. He has also been named to four NHL All-Star games and was the 2014 Dallas Stars nominee for the King Clancy Trophy.
Chris Kelly probably isn’t a name you haven’t heard again since recently. Kelly signed with his former team, the Ottawa Senators, in the 2016-17 season, and was not resigned after that season. He spent a majority of the season with Team Canada in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics, where he was named Captain for Canada and won a Bronze Medal. After the Olympics, he signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
Included in the Tyler Seguin trade to Dallas, Rich Peverley was only able to play 62 games in Dallas before he collapsed on the team bench during a game and hasn’t played in professional hockey since. He has currently remained with the Dallas organization, taking on the role as Player Development Coordinator.
While only playing 25 games during the Stanley Cup season, Marc Savard has his name engraved on the cup as a member of the team. Savard still suffers from Post Concussion Syndrome and hasn’t played a professional hockey game since. He signed a 7-year contract in 2010, so his contract was traded from place to place. Savard formally announced his retirement in January 2018.
Milan Lucic is one of the few players on this list still playing in the NHL. During the 2015 NHL Draft, Lucic was traded to the Kings for the last season of his contract, and then signed a 7-year, $42 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Even though he has decent production, fans consider this contact an “overpayment” and “horrible.”
While Peverley and Savard are stories of careers ending horribly, Nathan Horton is another player to add to that list. Horton proceeded to play two more seasons in Boston before signing a seven-year, $37.1 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Unfortunately, the one season was the only season in Columbus for Horton, as he was diagnosed with a degenerative back injury in 2014 that ended his career. While not “officially” retired, Horton’s injury requires a surgery on his back that would end his career. His contract is currently with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
After he wasn’t resigned by the Bruins in 2015, Daniel Paille spent a season floating around the AHL and NHL before heading overseas, signing a contract with Brynäs IF. His first season was successful, with 17 goals and 18 assists in 65 games. However, this season he was a victim of a brutal, blindside hit by Thomas Larkin and has not returned to play. For reference, I thought I should link footage of the hit here.
Fan favorite Shawn Thornton was not resigned by the Bruins in 2014 and signed with the Florida Panthers, where he spent the last three seasons of this career. At the announcement of his retirement, he said that he would be taking a Business Position in the Panthers front office.
The 2010-11 season was the last season for Mark Recchi, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017. Recchi currently works within the Penguins organization and was a member of both 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Championship teams. He currently serves as an Assistant Coach for the Penguins.
After signing a two year, $7 million contract in Dallas, Michael Ryder bounced from Dallas to Montreal to New Jersey and hasn’t played a professional hockey game since. Ryder was only the second native of Newfoundland and Labrador to win a Stanley Cup.
Tomas Kaberle played more playoff games during the 2010-11 season than regular season games. He has since played for a wide variety of teams since the Cup win, going from Carolina, Montreal, HC Kladno, Hartford Wolf Pack, and then back to the Czech Republic to play for HC Kometa Brno before retiring in 2016.
One of the best leaders to come from the 2010-11 team, Andrew Ference, spent two more seasons with the Bruins before signing a four-year contract to head to Edmonton, where he was named Captain. He later relinquished his role as Captain in 2015 and retired in 2016.
Also known as the “German Hammer,” Dennis Seidenberg played five more seasons in Boston before being bought out and signing with the New York Islanders, where he still plays today. Seidenberg has played 95 games on Long Island, with five goals and 22 assists.
Fan favorite Johnny Boychuk has also found his home in Long Island, after being traded there in the 2014 offseason. In 2015, Boychuk signed a seven-year, $42 million contract extension with the Islanders, which lasts until 2021-22. He has since played 255 games in New York, with 28 goals and 66 assists.
Lastly, one of the most entertaining players from 2010-11, Tim Thomas, took a break from hockey after the 2011-12 season (with the Bruins) and later joined the Panthers roster on a tryout, and proceeded to be traded to Dallas in 2014. Thomas started a controversy after not attending the Stanley Cup Champion White House Visit based on his political values and was the only active Bruin at the time to not attend. He has not played hockey since 2014.
2011 doesn’t sound like that long ago, and then you find out it was SEVEN years ago, and realize it’s time for another Bruins cup win.
As for the Boston Bruins organization itself, the team has since fired both the Head Coach and General Manager of the 2011 Cup team, and made it to another Cup Final in 2013, losing to the Blackhawks in the finals. The Bruins have also won a President’s Trophy in the 2013-14 season with a 54-19-9 record.
As always, fear the bear, and happy playoff push!