posted at 7/1/2009 2:10 AM EDT
Having 7 20-goal scorers is awesome, but on any given night, you need goal scorers who you KNOW will score that much needed goal. So large numbers of good scorers doesn't fully compensate for a small number of offensive geniuses.
I don't know how crucial Kessel will be, even though I recognize he's got rare talent. No, we shoudn't train the gifted youngins to be tremendous offensive players and then trade them. But
there were so many games in which Kessel couldn't score, given lots of failed opportunities, because he was playing against large defensemen. Can he change that? To a point. But he just isnt' feisty by nature.
Again, look at the number of crucial
goals Savvy scores when it's most needed
. He's gold.
Not only is he a Bruin through and through (in yo' face), but those few goals he scores, he scores when it counts. He has that in common with Looch (e.g., 2 goals versus SJ; playoff goals, etc.).
Savvy can't go. With his talent, there's no reason why he can't find the back of the net more often. I see him turning over a new leaf next season, and I see the ratio of assists to goals getting more balanced--IF
he stays in Boston.
He's a bit of a weirdo; not easy to get along with, as we all know, but he's at home in Boston.
Part of what makes this team so unique is its long list of weirdos (no offense), who happen to fit together perfectly:
- Chara, who was told hockey was a pipe dream
- Wideman, who has an embarassing history of being ignored,which I won't get into
- Looch, who was deemed laughable by the (very few) scouts who had ever set eyes on him
- Ryder, who was basically adopted by Julien from a family who ignored and benched him and apparently didn't like him
- Savvy, who no one liked, who listens to Britney Spears, talks to his stick
- Timmy, who's... seriously, there's no elaboration needed on Timmy
That's just to name a few.
This team sure ain't dull. And if that's not a big part of the Bs' new identity since 07/08, I don't know what is.
Gotta hold on to the feisty ones--the ones who have always had something to prove and who have always had to work a little harder to get noticed. The ivy league princes just don't fit the bill. Yes, I'm talking to you, Princess of Wheels.