Re: Could the impossible happen? Could the Bruins trade Chara this summer?
posted at 4/11/2010 8:17 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Could the impossible happen? Could the Bruins trade Chara this summer?
Chara ( Lurch ) brings nothing offensively zero, too slow and is not physical enough for the dough he is making. I live in TO have season tixs and hate the Leafs. That being said the Bruins play the Leaf 7 times next year they better make sure they keep the head up because Phaneuf will lay you out. Unlike Lurch whos best move is a poke check. Trade this guy now that some teams think he bring value. Sign Karberle making 4.5 and can QB the PP and sign a guy like Andy Sutton (playing amazing for OTT now) UFA 3.5 for physical play. That's how you do it. - mitchco98
The italicized bit above explains everything. That must be incredibly frustrating.
Signing two second and third or fourth tier guys to do what you expect one elite guy to do is a typical Torontonian suggestion. I once heard a guy from Toronto call a national, American sports radio show and suggest the Laffs trade Sundin fro two second liners so they'd have more half-decent players even if they'd lack a star. The point of having one guy who can do both is that you also get to dress another guy! You can't play Sutton 28 min against top lines, so he's physical but limited, and you can play Kaberle against top lines, but he won't be physical with them. I don't like Kaberle and I'm wondering what hockey god smiled on the Bruins to get them two Laff #1s instead of Kaberle and Kadri. And frankly, if you're thinking you'd play those two together, I'd take Chara and Boychuk as a top pair for about the same money you're proposing, thanks.
Yeah, Phaneuf will lay you out. One reason he's gone from Calgary? Getting out of position looking for big hits and costing his team goals. He runs around too much. If you just want to see big hits, Boychuk will give you the poor man's Phaneuf. And playing him with Chara means that, most of the time, if the hit results in a two on one, there's a guy back there who can defend it efficiently.
People hate the stick check, especially with a giant like Chara, but since they took out the clutch and grab with the obstruction rules, stick checks and blocking shots have become the most valuable skills for D-men. You can't go for the open ice bomb every time a speedy guy comes dancing over the blueline or you'll run out of jocks by the second intermission. Chara locks guys down - even Ovi - because even if they're faster and quicker, he's hard to get around and still be in effective scoring position. With his reach, he can poke check or block a shot from the far hash to the near boards. Hard to shoot through him, hard to get around him. Just very very frustrating to play against, I'd guess.
And he's going to finish the year with 44 points. Seeing as we all like comparables, that's 6 fewer points than last year (down 12%) despite playing on a team whose overall scoring is down 70 goals (~25%). It's also more than highly-paid 'skill' defensemen like Rafalski and Campbell who play on much more offensively gifted teams. Oh, and it's also more than Shea Weber, who is also an even +/- on a Nashville team that has a better record than Boston's.