“I had the feeling that sometimes we came to us as a team, and then sometimes we weren’t suddenly. So we have a lot to show. “
With that in mind, Perron added, “We have a little chip on our shoulder to show that this blues team still has it.”
It’s a blues team that looks very different from the group that defied adversity and won the trophy just two years ago. Of the 20 players who disguised themselves for Game 7 against the Boston Bruins on June 12, 2019, only nine are left in the roster:
Ivan Barbashev, Jordan Binnington, Bozak, O’Reilly, Colton Parayko, Perron, Brayden Schenn, Oskar Sundqvist and, somewhat surprisingly, given his off-season trading needs – Vladimir Tarasenko.
(Also, Robert Thomas was an injury scratch while Robert Bortuzzo and Mackenzie MacEachern were healthy scratches for Game 7.)
To the 11 departed:
Jay Bouwmeester, Carl Gunnarsson and Alexander Steen have retired.
Jake Allen, Sammy Blais, Joel Edmundson, and Zach Sanford were traded.
Pat Maroon, Alex Pietrangelo and Jaden Schwartz left the independent agency.
Vince Dunn was claimed by Seattle in the draft expansion.
That’s a revolving door of wear and tear over just two years. On the other hand, Boston’s current squad only includes nine players who were in the line-up for Game 7.