posted at 12/15/2010 3:07 PM EST
In Response to Re: LOL
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: LOL : I believe only 10 teams have won in last 20 years so Boston isn't the only struggling franchise(very few of the "glaring DNQ's).The Habs(hockeys greatest franchise-I hate saying that)haven't won since 92-93 and weren't really close during that time frame but their fans assume victory every year rather than failure.Your issue with Seguin not playing with talented players makes little sense(Savard-Ryder,Bergeron-Recchi before that).Everyone would like another 30 goal scorer and top 3 D-man.There isn't a GM in the league that would say he's 100% satisfied with his lineup.One of the other posters commented on a Randy Jones interview in which he stated basically that Boston had it all and was built for a play-off run.He could've talked about any other team but mentioned Boston's tools specifically.I'll assume one of Boston's enemies knows exactly what he's up against.sometimes it's just harder for us to see.
Posted by dezaruchi[/QUOTE]
See, for one thing, i don't listen to any complaints from Habs fans about "not winning since '93" for the same reason I won't listen to Yankees fans whining about not getting title #28, or the Celtics failing to beat the lakers every time they face them...those are franchises that have simply given their fans plenty over the course of time. The Bruins don't even come close. 38 years and counting and not very many Cups before then for a team that's an Original 6. (Fans who saw them win in 1970 had quite a drought in between as well, but we've already outlasted that futility streak).
Also: Forgive me if I don't consider Randy Jones the ultimate hockey genius. I would say it's also not incoceivable that his comments are at least partly motivated out of guilt from nearly killing Bergeron a few years ago. Even if that's a stretch, I still take issue with the Bruins being the team "best built for the playoffs." Yes, they're strong down the middle. I like a lot of what the team has (as I've stated), but I still feel they're relying too much to win games based on TT standing on his head, and that's a recipe for failure in the long run--you can only go to that well so many times in today's NHL.
Regarding Seguin, perhaps I should have clarified that what bothers me is a combination of his limited ice time (is he really a healthy scratch for tonite?) as well as a desire to see him play more considtently w/the likes of Savard. (I still long for a Seguin-Savvy-Bergy line, but doubt it'll happen.)
It's probably a matter of perception between what constitutes a whiner and a legit critique, but I just feel that bruins fans should be given more leeway than fans of other franchises that have won either a LOT (Habs, Celts, Pats, Yanks, Lakers, etc.) or recently (If you're a fan of TB Lightning, for example, you should be thankful you got the Stanley Cup at all much less as recently as '04) for griping a bit--or a lot, when appropriate--given the long, long wait for the Promised Land.
Just my view from the cheap seats, and as always....Go Bruins!