Dale Arnold: Bruins Missing Rough, Tough Identity This Season (Video)

Are the Boston Bruins having an identity crisis?

Traditionally, the B’s have been a tough defensive team that has used those talents to wear down its opponents. But now they look like something different.

“If you look at the guys who are gone — Jarome Iginla, Shawn Thornton, Johnny Boychuk — it seems like they’re going away from the big, rough, tough Bruins team, maybe a little more of a skilled team,” Dale Arnold said on “The Instigators” on Friday. “I’m not sure they’re skilled enough to be that, though.”

Barry Pederson believes the Bruins should emulate another NHL team.

“The (Los Angeles) Kings is kind of what I’m thinking about,” Pederson said. “That to me is the Bruins. That’s what they want to be. That’s a Claude Julien system, which is a tough, checking team. You know that whether you’re at home or on the road, you’re playing against the Bruins of years past, you’re not looking forward to it. … That to me is the single biggest identity that’s missing. We say, ‘What do they want to be?’ Right now, we’re not sure, but I’m pretty sure that president Cam Neely and (general manager) Peter Chiarelli don’t want to be what they are right now.”

Hear more from “The Instigators” in the video above.

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