Re: Blame this year on PC
posted at 4/26/2012 10:55 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Blame this year on PC
I don't think PC could have known how bad Corvo would turn out to be.
Posted by jerrynewyork
I did, and I haven't won a Stanley Cup. Never liked that move, but if you think that's why they lost, you're grasping at straws. They lost to a team that was only seeded as low as they were because they crapped the bed for half the year. Like Carolina a few years ago, they were not playing like a low seed down the stretch. More importantly, the Bruins only broke out of their funk because of the moves PC made at the deadline
. They only finished second because the Rolston, Kelly and Pouliot trio scored like they were the top line, and Zanon pushed Corvo down the depth chart. Krejci, Lucic, Peverley, Bergeron, Marchand, and Seguin sputtered even though they'd have the occasional good game. No rhythm. No chemistry. Maybe it was too much hockey, maybe it was too many injuries, maybe it was a sea change in the way the league policed games which made them play too safely.
No Horton though they expected him back. No Peverley for a long stretch. No McQuaid for the playoffs. You can only do so much to plan to ride out injuries, and any plan you have has to start with the guys who are still there picking up the slack. Put simply, no one did. I have a hard time laying that on their doorstep as a character issue. But they didn't have it. No way you can blame that loss - 7 straight one goal games, multiple overtimes, two decided in the last 2 minutes - on not having Ryder or not replacing Ryder, Recchi and Kaberle.
And saying your opinion doesn't mean others won't criticize if it they think your opinion is based on faulty thinking. "It's my opinion" isn't blanket immunity.