Re: the QUESTION are the bruins near or far?
posted at 6/2/2010 10:13 AM EDT
In Response to Re: the QUESTION are the bruins near or far?
Objectively; I think the Bruins have a lot of potential to join the elite teams but you have to temper that with some facts. 1. Bruins barely made the playoffs this year and were offensively challenged the entire year, even when Savard, Lucic, Sturm and Krecji were in the lineup. Bergeron, one of my favorite Bruins, pretty much was a non-factor in the playoffs from what I saw. Pronger outplayed Chara big time in the Flyer series playing at least as much if not more minutes (Flyers basically went with 4 defenceman). 2. Rask was unbelievable in many games, probably hit a wall in the Flyer series. Can he repeat next year? I think he can, but they'll need that to be sure. 3. Offensively challenged and starting next year WITHOUT their top scorer (Sturm), Krecji coming off of wrist surgery, Chara coming off of 'pinky' surgery, Lucic coming back from high-ankle sprain, Savard coming off of another concussion, Stuart coming off of serious injury and no significant offensive acquisition as of yet. 4. #1 pick will be great and there's a number of young players waiting to make the big team, but Providence didn't have a great season and you can't expect a rookie(s) to become your offensive catalyst in their 1st year. I think the Bruins have to be better then they showed last year and you can't base next season on what they did in the playoffs. They stars aligned well for them. They were a good match for a mediocre Buffalo team that rode Miller's coattails. Yes, they were up 3-0 on the Flyers, but they were fortunate to be win at least 1 of those games (if not two). When it came to crunch time they couldn't match Flyers grit and intensity. You look at the Black Hawks, for example, and the Bruins have no one that matches up to their core i.e. Duncan, Toews and Kane. Flyers top 6 forwards are signficantly better then the Bruins, Washington will back with their team in tact and some very good younger players joining the big team. Pittsburg will be back. I think Carolina will return to an impact team if Staal and Ward stay healthy. PC has a lot of cards to play. If the Bruins are to be a contender I think he needs to make some bold moves (perhaps package some of the draft picks, not the #2 pick, add a player(s) to acquire some missing pieces). If the Bruins go thru the draft, make their selections, but not try and upgrade their top-6 forwards for next year, I think they will continue to be Tier 2 IMHO. They have a lot of potential in the coming 2-3 years with their picks. Lets see how CJ handles the team next year.
Posted by LoveRealHockey
enjoy reading all of the posts on this thread, and find myself agreeing with about everyone. One minute I think we're close, the next I don't. Base on what we've seen over the last year and a half, I think "close' might be a little optimistic. Not a big believer, in the "picks" bringing us over the hump next year, and hope expectation is reasonable. Hall/Seguin should really break out in year 2 or 3.
Reasonable to believe though, even with the current roster, this team should be better next year in the regular season. Who know's when it comes to the playoffs. For whatever reason, a lot of Bruins had an off year. With a few intelligent tweaks, and a little luck(assuming we haven't used up too much regarding our playoff opponents over the last 2 years), the B's could go a little deeper.
A little concerned about long term, as the core could be used up, by the time our youth hits full stride.