The Bruins have, as a team, had some entertaining rivalries in recent years.
However, they’ve kind of lacked the really hateful 1-on-1 rivalries, like the one currently going on between Drew Doughty and Matthew Tkachuk, or the throwback one between Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek.
If there was going to be a true villain for the Bruins to focus on, it’d probably be a guy on the opposite bench tonight: that’s right, Nazem Kadri is now a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
After killing his team with another dumb penalty and suspension back in April, Kadri was shipped from Toronto to Colorado as part of the deal that saw Tyson Barrie become a Maple Leaf.
Kadri has, to put it lightly, been quite the agitator against the Bruins over the past few years.
Boy, that’s a lot of stuff.
So...will any hard feelings carry over into tonight’s game?
From the Bruins’ perspective, no, probably not. Kadri vs. the Bruins has been like Wile E. Coyote vs. the Road Runner in recent years. You could argue that Kadri has done more to help the Bruins than to hurt them, as he’s really screwed over his own team in the playoffs.
From Kadri’s perspective, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some unfinished business.
Kadri, rightly or wrongly, probably still feels like he got a raw deal last season. He and the rest of Toronto think that DeBrusk deserved that crosscheck after allegedly hitting Kadri knee-on-knee earlier in the game.
It’s likely that a perceived injustice like that will linger a lot longer than the Bruins’ anger at the cheapshot would linger. Maybe Kadri attempts to get DeBrusk to drop the gloves to settle things once and for all.
Still, this isn’t the NHL of the 70s. In all likelihood, there will be a scrum or two, some shoving, and that’s about it. Maybe for old time’s sake, Kadri can take a silly penalty to hurt his own team.
But as far as revenge goes? Nah. Those days are over.
Do you think there will be any shenanigans involving Nazem Kadri tonight?
This poll is closed
A full-blown donnybrook
A few scrums