In response to stan17's comment:
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Is that what we're seeing? A bored hockey club? This is the second year in a row where the real urgency has been set aside well before the end of the year, and then the Bruins have had trouble finding the emotional switch to play meaningless regular season games. Last year, the Caps just let 'em sleep and they never got out of that funk - like they were waiting for the run to get interesting. The worst part is that they go from not finishing good chances - chances you know they have the skills to finish - to not getting those chances because they just start shooting from everywhere and you get 33-13 shot differentials when the Bruins lose.
Add that to the faint note of grousing over the line changes in practice - Bergeron saying "there's nothing you can do" about the coach's decision to move Marchand off his line (how about "It doesn't matter who I play with, the team needs a spark right now, so maybe moving things around will help"?), Krejci almost saying that he expects teh new combos to fail because "well, there's no chemistry, obviously", and Julien saying, almost in a Tortorella move, that he's doing it because he can, because he's the coach. How about "In the past, when Lucic has hit a slump, we've moved him to the third line where he can simplify his game and remember what makes him such a force - take the body, control your wing, play with emotion." How about the top line has lacked some quickness, and Marchand brings that or Paille has been one of team's hotter shooters over the last couple of weeks, and you want to reward a guy who has been getting results?
These two things can be the beginning of the end for a coach, especially if Chiarelli does pull the trigger on a big rental like Iginla. If there's one thing that has defined this Bruin team under CJ, it has been the professionalism of their approach to the system. Boredom and grousing are cracks that bother me more than the current mediocrity and scoring woes.
Nice write up book. The frustrating thing w/ this team is we know what they can do but it's not happening. I believe no matter what happens during the upcoming playoffs Julien is going nowhere.
Agreed on this, as far as CJ saying he made changes "because he can", when said with a smile on your face it has a whole different meaning. A guy like Torts likely says this about 2 times a week.