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 favour 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. 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, 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.
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 in August 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.
The Bruins will get rid of their gold third jerseys for the 2006/07 season in favour of a new third jersey mimicking an ugly old rag the 1966/67 jerseys. The new third jersey will be used against Original Six opponents, and one match-up against the Ottawa Senators.