Re: Jay Pandolfo
posted at 3/19/2013 8:05 AM EDT
Chiarelli adding Rolston, Mottau and Zanon at the deadline last year should mean that the rest of this thread is no surprise. They made no big deals because they didn't have the organizational depth to make big deals - I mean, really, who were they going to get to play first line RW? Look back at the February trades:
See anyone on that list who would have made you say "YES! Finally! Someone to replace Horton!" There's one - Jeff Carter - and I don't know if even Hamilton would have secured him because Jack Johnson was a ready-made #1 for Columbus. The only other guy there where I see a price the Bruins could have payed and a player they might have used is Oduya for a 2 and 3. But they didn't lose to the Caps because they didn't have Johnny Oduya.
The Bruins haven't had "organizational depth" for years now. It's a consequence of two things: draft picks not developing and the ones that do develop jumping into the Boston lineup. The closest they've come to the kind of depth that lets you make big, splashy deadline moves that don't take away from your roster was when they shipped Colborne and a first out for Kaberle. And that left the cupboard pretty much bare.
Next year? They might have the beginning of depth though it will depend on what Chiarelli does this year. Spooner, Khokhlachev, Camara, Seth Griffith, Svedberg, Subban - all are genuine prospects to one degree or another. If Knight ever gets on the ice, and if Krug continues to grow in Providence, that's two more. How many of them can step into an NHL lineup as a fill in next year, I don't know. But I think this looks like a major upgrade on Mr. Glass Sauve, Tardif, Bourque and Pandolfo, and that's a step in the right direction. At very least, they're attractive enough as prospects that no one will laugh in your face when you suggest they have value in trades - unless you propose Griffith and a 5th for Iginla. Then, what do you expect?