How bout Mark Recchi, he was a relic who worked out okay, right?
What about the play of Satan? He did pretty good in his playoff run.
It's perception. The B's had Coffey over the hill, have Jagr at that stage (although his skills continue to create scoring chances), Rogie Vachon past his prime, Tocchett, but then they had guys who were gone too soon like a Ryder (who was harrassed severely for his long stretches of futility), Mike Knuble, Joe Thornton for that matter. Those Oates/Neely teams were top heavy--it was a big scoring line and then a lot of futility, especially in the playoffs against a good team. But the late 70s B's had several good lines and could go 4 deep even back then. I always felt goaltending was an achilles heel during the non-Cup stretch and that it would take a goalie standing on his head--Tim Thomas--to win a Cup. Well, Rask is doing a helluva job and is playing better than I've ever seen him--certainly more acrobatic in the playoffs and making highlight reel saves, which TT did every night.
Ah Hah.....Nice memory....
I always felt the B's traded for washed up players, because it was a name thing. Why is it the RedWings always get the best out of the superstars that are considered over the hill. They always scrounge up these type players and end up getting out of them, what no other team could possibly do, given the chance. Im not saying the B's always did this with the older named player, but it seemed to happen more times than not. Same goes for the Russian player we picked up, whos name escapes me. He got hurt years back and we paid him forever.....Uhhhh brain fart....Someone help me out. I feel like he just came off the books several years ago....LTIR.