Re: Peverley's NTC
posted at 7/3/2013 10:36 AM EDT
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
In response to asmaha's comment:
If PC really does want to improve the 3rd line, one of the two has to go.
I don't get this sentiment. Both are good veteran players, who excel in some areas but had trouble finding the back of the net last year. Both could possess the puck and make a pass.
Who's to say that one or both won't be a valuable piece moving forward? It takes 20 guys plus depth to run at the Cup.
Standing pat did PC no good in 2012 and without Horton the Bruins were ordinary against Washington.
This sentiment lost the cup this year. Not having players who can pop the puck in the back of the net but were safe defensively. Not having depth in scoring and relying on the top 6 forwards to get the meat of the goals.
How long should PC go intio the season and wait for them to come around ?
I disagree with each of these statements. I don't think it was the loss of Horton that cost the Bs vs. Washington - I think it was Washington sitting back in a shell and hoping for a bounce. And they got the one they needed or Boston could just as easily have won that series in game 7 OT (they like that in the first round). Plus, Peverley was their leading scorer in that series, so I'm not sure how that fits here.
In the Finals, they got four from Bergeron, none from the rest of his line. Four from Lucic, none from the rest of his line. Four from Paille and Kelly combined. That's pretty balanced.
Both of these statements sound like you're advocating upgrades to the top six rather than tweaking the third line.
As for needing them to produce: Kelly had a down year. He has those in terms of production, so it's to be expected. That's who he is. The problem with Kelly this year is that he was also sub-par defensively, so that line was giving up goals the team couldn't afford. Merlot, too. But I would rather have Kelly have a down offensive year in a shortened year than any other. He'll be better next year almost because he couldn't be worse. He's too savvy. He'll be a net win for the team next year. I think that's a pretty sure bet.
Peverley being waived by Nashville is as relevant as St Louis being bought out by the Flames - long ago. Another guy who had a rough year in an odd season, and whose lower offensive production wasn't entirely out of character - he's had good years (nearly a point/game with Atlanta after being bought out by Nashville, and 55 points the year after; similar ppg to Horton last year) and he's had bad years. If they end up "stuck" with him, I wouldn't blink. Versatility and a strong possibility he'll bounce back.
They have an opening for a top six forward, and they have a couple of players who will never make the jump if they have to play third and fourth line roles. Spooner is not suited to the fourth line. He's not Marchand who can badger and harrass and make an impact. Why not see what you have by putting him on a line with Bergeron and let PB tutor him? I'm convinced that's where the hole is now that the flirtation with Lecavalier is over. Seguin will be the top RW - and maybe even Krejci will flip flop with him from time to time.
Lots of teams will be looking to course correct if roster triage has them falling quickly. If Chiarelli isn't happy with Peverley in the Fall, he'll have 15 teams to deal with and likely some willing dance partners. I'm not worried about that.