Re: Why I hate Pete C.
posted at 6/28/2010 6:06 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Why I hate Pete C.
In Response to Re: Why I hate Pete C. : A couple thoughts on your post, as well as Aury's. Guess we're all entitled to our opinions. Mine is that PC has done an ok job, and only because I think GM's are just one cog in the chain. Most decisions(big ones) are done by commitee) Don't think PC did much right on the Kessel deal(nor the rest of the commitee). Should have signed him in spring 09 simply because it was then obvious, he's a legitimate 35 goal guy, then moved him, if that was the plan. Burke and Kes's agent forced PC's hand, not the other way around. Losing Kessel's production set this team back. Don't know how that can be argued logically. Seguins contribution will probably be from 2011 forward, which is great, but moving Kessel really hurt the "now", and this was a team built for now. Don't think the Savard deal was bad at all, simply because I feel teams would have been lined up to get him, if he became available the next week. You can't project serious injury, and common sense suggests it's hard to maximise trade value from a player coming off a career worst season. Like Awrey says, when it becomes public, a player is being shopped....game over. Things go downhill fast. It's hard to leverage trade bait, and every passing day, puts Savard more in that category. Same with Thomas. Regardless of how well things may have gone last season, regarding team cohesiveness, you can't have those 2 in the dressing room next year. The rest of the league knows that, and offers will reflect that. Cam and Charlie are the real trigger men, and I opine neither are as enamoured with Savard, as PC was/is. My worry is that neither will be replaced with equal talent. Cap space is great, but only if there is a place to invest that money. In order to be a threat next year, Savard has to be replaced with a proven 75 point forward. Immediately. TT has to be replaced with a quality puck moving D, and the spare cash to acquire a decent back up. Immediately. If that happenns great. If not, the Bruins go into the year with lots of cap space, and it's clear as rain, we're into another 2 or 3 year rebuilding plan. This is a down year for UFA's, so what good is the cash? The next 75 days are gonna be real interesting. Me thinks, the B's are in a bit of a predicament.
Posted by stevegm
I'd suggest that Savard's points will be more than replaced by Horton and Seguin when all is said and done. Yes, I think Seguin will be a major contributor in his rookie season; as Fred Lynn did with the '75 Sox, I think Seguin will excel in better company - he won't have to do it all like he did with Plymouth. I expect B's will get 1-2 good young players/prospects for Savard, one winger and one D, one of whom will help immediately.
But for the Bruins to have a chance to be great in '10-'11, they'll need more points from the blueline, which will in turn help the forwards. As of today, the one key role missing from the B's is a PP QB on the point. Other than maybe the Hurricanes (Corvo?-Wesley), can anyone think of a recent Stanley Cup winner that didn't have a Campbell/Keith/Gonchar/Lidstrom/Rafalski/Pronger/Niedermayer type running the power play? It's a must and right now, the B's don't have one. If PC can manage to clear $5 million between Savard and Thomas, it might be enough to bring UFA Gonchar from the Pens for 3 years. I say 3 years because apparently the Pens are only offering him 2 and he's not happy about it. True, he's weak in the D zone, but if B's used him for 20 mostly offensive minutes a night, he might be a good fit. I'd prefer a younger guy than Gonchar, but he may be all we can get. (And please no one suggest UFA Corvo, who's just so BRUTAL defensively (FAR worse then Wideman)...and "okay" offensively...I don't think I could make it through the season.)