Re: 10 reasons why the B's will win the Cup in 2010
posted at 9/4/2009 7:46 AM EDT
In Response to Re: 10 reasons why the B's will win the Cup in 2010
[QUOTE]trytobearit i have 2 questions for you 1. how is it that JJ saves money by not signing Kessel 2. in your perfect world how would the Bs sign Kessel (for how much, who would they trade to make room)
Posted by dkrejci46[/QUOTE]
1. Because assuming Kessel wants more $$$ (and clearly he does or he would have signed for whatever the Bruins' first offer was), JJ saves money by not paying that salary and while the team is still up against the cap now, he can start shedding salaries later.
2. In my perfect world (and it aint that perfect) we jettison someone else and get his salary off the books in order to make room for Kessel. That someone would most likely by Kobasew, a player I really like a lot, but again, I believe Kessel is better now and will only get better in the future.
I agree with you that PC has done a good job so far. I have said repeatedly that the Bruins are a good team as he's put them together (but trade or no--and I realize it was a trade but that's nitpicking b/c it still amounted to a signing by taking on his salary) the Manny acquisition was a bad move. It happened following a year in which the bruins struggled all year to put the puck in the net...Thomas had had a fine season and an upgrade in goaltending, especially at that high salary, was NOT necessary.
But, overall, I like the team PC has constructed. But where you and I part company probably has more to do with how long we've each been watching the B's (as you alluded to). I'm twice your age and I've watched jacobs since he acquired this team for a song in 1975 and ever since he has always been about his bottom line. He cares not one whit for a Stanley Cup, despite what he or his troglodyte son might say otherwise only insofar as it could make him more $$$.
Because Bruins fans are rabidly loyal and desperate for a Cup, they keep pouring $$$ into his vault. Even w/the cap, I guarantee you he is NOT just handing the reigns over to his GM and saying "do what you want." He will resist signings that push the B's up against the cap in the future--and Kessel will be one--and he also takes the Harry Sinden stance of arrogance (i.e. You want more money? Go elsewhere. No one pushes us around)....this is the kind of thinking that has let players as talented as Oates, Allison, Guerin, Knuble and scores of others skate away. They are often replaced by good players, but like I've said no one stays around long enough for a team to gel together, establish an identity, and win it all. And that's all that should matter for an original 6 franchise.
Examine the teams that do it right and you'll see what I mean. There's a reason Detroit is always there even in the cap era. And the ultimate blueprint the B's should be following is the Islanders of the early 1980's. 4 cups in a row. Why? because they kept their young draft talent together (Bossy, Trottier, Gilles, potvin, Smith, etc.), refusing trades to other teams that desperately wanted the young talent, and re-signing the guys when their contracts came up. Ask any Islanders fan now what happened since then, and they'll show you a pattern exactly like the one JJ and Sinden and O'Connell have established for the past 20 years.
The PC era is young, I'll give you that. And like I said, if they find a way to re-sign Kessel or trade for someone of comporable talent, i'll take my mea culpa lumps. But the fact is we've gone 37 years w/out a cup, and the team you believe is so heavily talented got beat in the 2nd round last year by a not all that impressive Hurricanes squad. The B's have won exactly 2 first-round playoff series in the past 11 years to go w/that Cup drought.
Is it too much to ask the owner and mgt. to start making every effort possible to keep the very best young players together in order to get to the Promised Land? I don't think so, especially w/the prices they charge.