Re: Need for speed and skill
posted at 5/29/2014 2:40 PM EDT
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
PC brought in Horton, Kelly, Peverley, Kaberle and Hnidy. Marchand took Wheeler's minutes, McQuaid stepped right into Stuart's role. You had a great right-handed shot for Krejci, Peverley gave the 3rd line speed (there's that sexy word) and Kelly gave the Bruins defensive center depth along with his best offensive season. Hnidy gave depth for injury and Kaberle did his job distributing the puck but not much else.
2011 Stanley Cup
2012-2014 Corvo, Mottau, Rolston, Turco, Zanon, Daugavins, Pandawful, Redden, Meszaros and Potter.
Bunch of Palookaville stiffs!
Playoffs: Reilly Smith > Tyler Seguin
The problem is, everyone seems to think this is like going to Shaw's for a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread. Why didn't the GM "go get" a snipah, PMD, etc??? It's just not that simple, ever. In order to get the X you want, another team has to have X and also want the Y you're offering. Then there's the whole near term vs long term thing, the salary cap, team chemistry, etc.
In addition to that, in 2011 you didn't have a Stanley Cup contender. Even after all the "homerun" upgrades that season, most experts picked the B's to lose in the 2nd or 3rd round. You have a lot more freedom, I think, going into the trade deadline when you assess yourselves as a playoff team, not a SCF lock. You're more willing with a 2011-like team to risk team chemistry and make bigger-impact moves, than you would be with a 2014-like team that (at the time of the trade deadline) was in second place in the Conference (behind the Pens) and was playing well (and had the second-lowest goals against in the NHL).
The Bruins got what they felt they needed at the time in 2011 - and let's not pretend that Kaberle wasn't the big move, and nearly everyone wanted to run him out of town after a few weeks because he was almost a total flop. Peverly and Kelly ended up panning out much better than anticipated at the time, and Hnidy didn't give the B's much more than Mez did this season.
The Bruins got what they felt they needed in 2014 as well, based on how the young D was performing at the time and the desire to NOT blow things up and sacrifice what looks like a really nice, young core of defensemen.
Again, if the B's make one less mistake (Miller, Bart) in one game vs. the Habs, we're all sitting here after a sweep of the Rangers (warning, sarcasm alert) saying what a genius PC was for not moving any of the core out for a rental.