Re: Perfect timing to make an offer for Yakupov
posted at 11/13/2013 11:45 AM EST
In response to Chappy28's comment:
I think we may get a little carried away with descibing guys as "Bruins" types of players. Yes we are a defensive team based on a structured system and all of our guys need to be able to play/buy into that system, but that doesn't mean that we can't have any skilled players.
Lou Erickson is not exactly running around hitting people, and Krecji, who we all love, was a complete defensive liability a couple years ago, along with the rest of his line.
We already ran both Seguin and Kessel out of town for now being "tough" enough. But, is that really true? Are the Bruins too tough for skill players? I personally think that the team needs a good mix, but not necessarily all "tough" players and defense first guys. I think Seguin really was just a victim of our strength down the center and we chose Krecji over playing Seguin at his naural position --- which is fine with me.
Yakupov is a world class talent sniper. He is a winger, so wouldn't mess with our depth in the center and would be a significant upgrade over our current third line wingers, or even probably our second line guys. We would have to send somebody the other way however to make room, or break up the merlot line and put some skill down there.
I don't really think we need to mess with the chemistry of this team, but people of that caliber do not become available often so at least worth consideration.
I think you've got a lot wrong there. But here are a few corrections, as I see them:
Eriksson and Krejci are both good two-way players, in that they play the system in the defensive zone too. Running around hitting people has nothing to do with it.
Questioning Krejci's playoff performance is like questioning my dog's ability to sleep. Krejci has been outstanding in the playoffs. Outstanding.
Seguin and Kessel were not 'run out of town' because they weren't 'tough enough' That's perposterous. All of the complaints about them were regarding production and consistency. For example, one goal in 22 playoffs games is a problem for an up and coming star. The worst +/- on the team is too. (and accepting a very good trade offer isn't 'running them out of town either')
Mr. 'world class sniper' Yakupov has 2 goals in 17 games this year. And his opportunities are probably far greater in Edmonton than they would be in Boston.
Look, I know he's a great raw talent, but he's been a mess in Edmonton and has shown terrible attitude Meanwhile, the Bruins are scoring and winning. I don't see the need, short-term, and how can you possible make long term committments to him with all of the current uncertainty -- production, attitude, contract, agent, KHL, etc?