With their eyes on the Stanley Cup and the playoff chase, the Bruins got an assist from the NHL on their effort to get their season off to a better start.
They are in the midst of a second-straight playoff appearance and after the Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday night, they have a good chance of making it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but they were still knocked out of the first-round series in six games by the Washington Capitals.
The Bruins are one of just six teams still alive in the conference standings and they are the first team since the New York Islanders in 2004 to go 0-10 in their first playoff round, and they also will play in the second round.
The Bruins, who are playing in the third round of their second-round game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, got an unexpected help from the league on Friday when they had their transmission solenoids replaced with a new model.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters that the NHL and the league’s owners have made it very clear to them that they will not have their transmissions replaced in the playoffs unless the team has a new car.
“We’ve done everything to make sure that this is a positive for the team, and I would like to think we’ve done that with all of our competitors,” Chiarello said.
“We’ve got a new transmission, and we’re getting it installed in their car, so we know exactly what the impact will be.”
We’ve made sure that our transmission is safe and that the performance is the same, and that’s something we will not be changing any time soon, Chiarell said.
This year’s transmission upgrade is being done by Toyota of Japan, which is in the process of building its own factory.
The Bruins have been forced to make do with the replacement of the team’s old transmission solensoid, which has a 5-year warranty and is the third-longest-running car in the league.
It was replaced in 2012 with a 2.1-liter, four-cylinder engine that will make more power but is significantly less fuel efficient.
After winning the Stanley Cups in 2003 and 2004, the NHL made a concerted effort to improve its transmission during the 2007-08 season.
The league also invested millions of dollars in improving the transmissions on its teams, including new transmissions for the Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vancouver Canucks.
In the 2009-10 season, the league installed a new gearbox for the teams and added new transmissions, and teams are now equipped with four-wheel drive.
It is important for our teams to have a transmission that is reliable, accurate and fast, and Toyota of America is the leading supplier of transmission parts and service for the NHL.
When Toyota announced the new transmission upgrade for the 2014-15 season, it was the first time a new Toyota transmission had been installed by the NHL since 2002, when it replaced its original transmission.
A Honda-designed transmission for the 2011-12 season replaced the old transmission.
The Honda transmission has been in use since 2000 and has a lifetime warranty that includes a $1,500 deductible for the cost of the transmission replacement.
It is manufactured by JVC and the Honda transmission was approved for use on all NHL-certified vehicles and has been used on every NHL team.
I was told it would take several weeks to do this, and after a few weeks, we’ll have an announcement, Chiaroli said.
I’m not sure how long it will take.
The transmission is being tested, and if it works out well, we may see it on the road in September or October.
The teams will be able to test the transmission and have it certified in late October or early November.
The Honda transmission will replace the existing gearbox, which was installed by Jenson Racing of California in 2014.
We have been doing our part in improving our transmission and we are proud to be part of the Honda partnership,” Chiarelli said.
The NHL has a long history of putting its cars through rigorous testing.
The first transmission upgrade was done in 2005, and since then, the sport has been working to make its cars more reliable and more fuel efficient, which helps the teams make up for the loss of the old gearbox.
The 2013-14 season marked the first year the NHL had a transmission with a fuel economy rating of at least 27 miles per gallon.
The new transmission will allow the league to give its teams more options in the race for the Stanley Medal, which the Bruins won this season.