The Lines, They Are A-Changin'As a result the Bruins lineup, for the meantime at least, will look something like this.
Expect some tinkering with the lines if goals are scarce in the next few games. The first line is the most likely to stay in tact through Lucic's injury, but the other three lines could be altered at the wings. Sobotka does not project to be a second line center, especially at the tender age of 22. If the line struggles to score, and Sobotka fails to keep up offensively, Recchi could move up to provide some experienced offense on the second line.
If this happens, the third line would become a fast-paced forechecking line, supplementing scoring for pressure. Brad Marchand showed some signs of offense in the pre-season and could be a spark of energy. He will be willing to make an impression on Julien, and will be determined to fight out a more permanent spot on the team with Sobotka.
The fourth line has to start hitting, period. Although Begin and Thornton can occassionally score some ugly goals, they shouldn't be striving for offense. Checking, and intimidation should be the goal for the BLT line. All three can mix it up, and should when necessary.
The trade alotted the Bruins some much needed cap space. The Bruins only brought the bare minimum of players with them on their road trip because of salary constraints. The Bruins now have more flexibility for personnel decisions, where as when they were carring Kobasew and his $2.33 million they could not scratch a player because they did not have another player ready to jump in.
The Bruins may go through a prolonged rough stretch with Lucic on the shelf for a month, and some instability in their lineup. But who knows, the boys from Providence may bring a much needed spark to the Bruins veterans. Now that the first stone has been cast from Chiarelli, maybe the Bruins will decide to wake up.