Re: BRUINS ARE GOOD BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH
posted at 1/23/2011 9:31 PM EST
In Response to Re: BRUINS ARE GOOD BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH
[QUOTE]steve, I think you are throwing a lot of the good posters here under the bus. Sure there are a few who love the fantasy GM aspect of things. But as a person who east, breaths and sleeps hockey I look at what this GM has done and realize why a lot of the moves were made. Every GM will make mistakes. I wasn't happy with Lucic's deal but I do understand why he did it. I dislike Chara's deal. I have never warmed up to Ryder's deal and now Ference. Every team has them. And the ones that don't are in total rebuild mode. And I see the positive moves he has made as well. I think that the Bruins do have some chips to deal. Aside from obvious cap restraints there are moves that can be done. I am happy for playoff hockey. We are there most yrs. Its just tiring watching a team that is literally a few moves away from contenders not adjust the roster to do so. We have numerous picks, we have numerous prospects and NHL ready cal players...we also have guys on our current roster who hold value. Wheeler in my eyes is a chip that most teams will look at. Size, speed and an ability to score. I think Wheeler and a high end pick lands us a top line scorer. Think the Oilers wouldn't listen to Wheeler/B's 1st round pick for Penner. The Cap hit isn't that far off. Ryder is a salary dump on a team that would fire him in the AHL...I mean teams like the leafs have already stated they would do this if a pick or prospect was coming in return. Ryder/2nd rounder for Kaberle? I mean I know nothing about the inside of a hockey operation, but no one on her does. These blogs are for everyone. I skim through most and read posts from some of the regulars that know a lot about hockey. I have a blast debating with a guy like N-O-T and Dez. Why? a. b/c I like to argue. b. b/c they know their stuff so I have to bring my A-game.
Posted by shuperman[/QUOTE]
Certainly don't intend to throw anyone under a bus here Shupe. In fact your reply to my post suggests I'm throwing "PC" under a bus. I don't know how you came to that conclusion.
I'm merely stating the B's are a pretty good team, and my opinion at the chance of a blockbuster move coming.(slim to none, beacause of contract issues, and cap constraints.) Sure there will be some action in the next few weeks, but barring major injuries, this team will be tweaking, not overhauling.
You mentioned Wheeler and a top draft pick being very enticing to some teams. That's your opinion, and you could very well be right, however, there's more to it than expecting a "top line scorer" in return. Teams covet draft picks, however, they also realize they can get Wheeler for free, if they only want to wait a few games(free agency). If Wheeler was signed to a cap friendly contract through at least next season, things would be totally different, but no one is gonna give up much for a guy that may walk after 25 games. There's just too much risk nowadays. Teams are built, developed, maintained and improved much, much differently than they were just a few years ago.
Most contenders are up against the cap. Using your Wheeler/draft pick example, if that trade indeed happened, it's almost a certainty, the top line player aquired, would be making more money than Wheeler. If so, the B's would have to somehow, delete another player from the roster to become cap compliant again. Many forget about these things when clamouring for improvement. If anything here, I'm supporting the GM, which seems to go against what you've written above.
Shupe, there's another person on here with a moniker almost the same as mine. Are you confusing my post with someone elses?