Spreading the offensive task thinly across the team
posted at 7/26/2009 12:51 AM EDT
In Response to bruins sign derek morris
Posted by h2otownbruin[/QUOTE]
I expressed my lack of shock elsewhere, but I want to add one thing.
What I see as being very likely detrimental to the Bs next season is the lack of ninja scorers. A whole lot of 20 goal scorers and puck moving defensemen will not bring home the cup. You need two guys or so who can be counted on to sink the puck when it's most needed, and 20 goal scorers aren't there for that.
The non-ninjas come through a lot, but not necessarily when it's most needed. And not nearly enough in the playoffs, as we saw this past year. Heck, we had to count on Bitz! That's because Kessel was hurt, and so were a couple of other offensively talented players. But without these offensive ninjas, there's only so far we can go.
My point is that I see the trend here, in the new roster, as being one of spreading the offensive task thinly across the team.
That worries me more than anything.
So its great to have a good defenseman added to the mix, but in a heartbeat
I would sacrifice both Bergie and Ryder for one Malkin, one Franzen or one Zetterberg. (I won't say a Staal because that's just WRONG!)
We need a couple of Savvy-like stars out there. (Incidentally, I think he CAN be one of those guys who puts the puck in the net when it counts most--much more than a passer. Sort of like Looch, who scores twice when you really
need the goals, like against pre-playoff San Jose, etc.)
No ninjas, no cup.