Dale Arnold reveals his Bruins All-Decade Team

By WEEI 93.7

Inspired by the Patriots naming their All-Decade Team for the 2010s on Wednesday, Dale and Keefe decided to do the same for the Bruins and Celtics on Thursday, with Dale Arnold taking the Bruins and Rich Keefe taking the Celtics (you can listen to the full segment here).

WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford also took a swing at a Red Sox All-Decade Team, which you can check out here.

Here’s what Dale came up with for the Bruins:

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It's important to note here that Dale made the controversial decision to define the decade as beginning with the 2010-11 season and ending with the current 2019-20 season. Rich believed the decade should be defined as the 2009-10 season through the 2018-19 season. It's also worth noting that Dale said that shifting by a year ultimately wouldn't have changed his team, though.

The three forwards are the Bruins’ current top line. Patrice Bergeron has been one of the best all-around centers in the NHL for the whole decade (and beyond), so with all due respect to David Krejci and his frequent postseason heroics, Bergeron was a lock. Dale said that if he just picked three forwards regardless of position, Krejci likely would've replaced David Pastrnak.

Milan Lucic gave the Bruins some good years on the left in the first half of the decade, but Marchand has been a Bruin for the whole decade and has developed into arguably the best left wing in the league over the last several years. So again, pretty easy choice.

On the right, you could make a case for Nathan Horton based almost exclusively on his 2011 postseason heroics -- he scored the Game 7 series-winning goal against both the Canadiens and the Lightning en route to the Bruins’ Stanley Cup victory, plus another overtime winner against Montreal. But David Pastrnak’s production over the last four years, including leading the league in goals this year, gives him multiple seasons better than Horton’s best.

On defense, Zdeno Chara is obviously the lock of all locks, having served as the Bruins’ captain and No. 1 defenseman for the entire decade. The second spot is interesting. Dennis Seidenberg was a top-pairing defenseman on the Cup-winning 2011 team and gave you a couple other strong seasons as well. Charlie McAvoy has established himself as a bona fide top-pairing D over the last couple years and has led the team in ice time the last two seasons.

But Torey Krug feels like the right choice, even if he’s generally been on the Bruins’ second pair rather than the first. He’s been their best offensive defenseman this decade and the quarterback of a terrific No. 1 power play unit the last several years. His 335 points since his rookie season in 2013-14 are the seventh-most among defensemen during that time.

Goalie could be seen as the most controversial pick, especially for the Tuukka Rask haters out there. But even though Tim Thomas was the star of the 2011 Cup team -- winning both the Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy -- Rask is hard to argue with when you’re talking about the entire 10-year span.

Thomas only had one more season as the Bruins’ starter after 2011, then Rask took over for good and has generally been one of the best goalies in the league for much of that time. He has one Vezina of his own and was well on his way to at least a top three finish, if not another win, this season. And despite what his detractors would have you believe, his .927 save percentage across 89 playoff games, while still below Thomas’ .933 mark in 50 games (32 this decade), is really good -- the seventh-best mark ever, in fact.

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