Re: "THE KESSEL FAIR"
posted at 9/7/2009 4:02 PM EDT
In Response to Re: "THE KESSEL FAIR"
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: "THE KESSEL FAIR" : I essentially agree with what you're saying (though not about Hossa - the Wings wanted him, but couldn't afford him; every team has its own cap difficulties), but the problem is - whom do you deem "lesser" players? How many are too many? I'd agree to giving up a Kobasew - but PLUS a Bergeron? I don't think so. As for Jacobs, I'm just tired of that old argument. I am not a Jacobs fan in the least, but his penny-pinching ways of the past are IRRELEVANT to today's situation, and frankly I'm sick to death of it. I also find it difficult to assign him total blame for the Bruins' failures in the past; for one thing, they ran into the buzz saw that was the Oilers dynasty, denying them at least one Cup, IMHO. I also think that two key reasons the Bruins didn't get past the second round last year were injuries and youth/inexperience. This is a VERY good team; great with Kessel, but still good even if they don't have him.
Posted by duinne[/QUOTE]
Well, we're essentially agreeing.
I also think this Bruins team is good. I just think with Kessel they have a chance to be GREAT. And I happen to love Chucky's game...it's just that I would sacrifice him and maybe another--altho' I'm not convinced Kess wants as much as people seem to think--to keep a dynamic young guy like Kess in that lineup. I'd hate lose Bergeron as well but he's a risk these days no matter what--thru no fault of his own. One more bad hit and he really might be done.
What about Ferrence (who I also like) and Chucky moved to keep Kessel? There's a risk in losing a pretty good guy on D but they did sign Morris to help in that area (altho i'm worried his best days are behind him), Hunwick projects to get better and better, and maybe Boychuck is as advertised.
As far as bashing JJ, yeah, it's an old routine, but a deserved one. No way were they going to beat the Gretzky Oilers in '88 but had they made some moves in 1990 to add another sniper so everything wasn't dependent on Neely and Bourque I think they could have had a shot at that Cup (and if Wesley doesn't choke on the open netter). But the B's always sit pat rather than go for the extra player to put 'em over the top. Harder to do in the cap era, but part of it IS jacob's rather arrogant attitude that players should be so grateful to put on the spoked B that any hold out is met with a Sinden-like "see ya."
in the end they're a weaker team for it.
Look, I've been all over these boards giving the worst case scenarios. I can see how that would be tiresome, but I believe the team last year was good, not great, and destined to be KOed in 2 rounds. Without Kessel I can't see them as better.
But just for fun I'll try the more positive route this time:
Sturm is back for a full campaign and is healthy and adds speed and 35 goals to the season. His experience and leadership and fire pay off in the playoffs.
Wheeler comes in w/that extra 15 lbs. of muscle and surpasses the flashes of brilliance we saw last year.
Hunwick improves on D and becomes a 12-15 goal producer and helps a lot on the PP.
Rask is for real and spells Timmy for about 25 games, keeping TT fresh for the post season.
Bergie stays totally healthy, scores 25 and adds 50 assists and plays great 2way hockey all year and into the playoffs.
Kess leaves but we get a decent roster player plus draft picks to replace him. We score less but the overall D improves. Chucky grinds and smashes bodies all over and becomes the new Michael Peca when he was great.
Savvy remains awesome, Krejci is the 2nd coming of Adam Oates, and the guy I think is overrated and everyone else loves (Lucic) becomes the most feared player in the NHL.
The Bruins combine youth, experience, speed, grit, effort and solid game plan coaching to finish in the Top 4 in the East, grab home ice for most of the playoffs, and win 16 to bring the first Cup to Boston since '72.
Easy, yes? ;-)