The all important NHL off season is almost a month and a half underway and the Boston Bruins are yet to impress. Heading into the off season, the Bruins biggest weakness was their defense, and trust me, the loss of Dennis Seidenberg and the fact that Chara is aging yet another year does not help the case. It only got worse when they lost Loui Eriksson to the Canucks. After the loss of Eriksson, the Bruins made their first big splash in free agency by signing veteran David Backes. Backes will bring great chemistry and leadership to the team and also fill Loui Eriksson’s skates on offense. Although signing Bakes was a great move by the front office, they still have a huge hole to fill on defense. One of the top defensemen in free agency this year was Johnny Oduya, but he signed with Dallas. As of right now, there is not a great market for defensemen in free agency. The Bruins will either have to find a hidden gem, or try to work out a trade. My overall prediction for Boston this year is to make the playoffs, however I don’t think they have what it takes to make it past the first round. David Pastrnak (2014 first round pick) impressed and should be a huge part of the offense, and the addition of Backes will also help produce but, with the terrible defense they have, they don’t have what it takes to be a legitimate contender for the cup. To summarize, the addition of Backes will help the Bruins squeeze themselves into the playoffs, but they have to make a few more moves soon if they want to have a successful season. But in the end, Bruins fans should not look forward to winning a cup until 3 or 4 more years.