posted at 4/19/2013 8:05 AM EDT
To quote Lee van Cleef - "Tom O'Brien...I thought you were dead."
There's been a really juvenile gripefest going on lately. It's been sad, and funny in its hysteria sometimes, but mostly sad and a bit depressing when you see like attract like. NAS had a good response at one point: I like hockey. Even if the Bruins don't win, or don't win the Cup, I like watching hockey, so I will have taken a lot of pleasure out of watching the games even if the Bruins don't go all the way. Those who want the Bruins to win the Cup every day in March and April aren't going to have anything from their time watching the team. So...why watch?
Bruno, if Julien goes, all the coaches will likely go. The only possible exception is if they appoint one of the assistants interim coach...so you could end up with Ward as the head coach for a while. Ugh. As for motivation, I think that's the boogeyman of the day around here. I look at a team that has basically have a playoff spot wrapped up since February in a short season and in the middle of a ridiculously packed schedule and wonder if there's just no way to force the emotional temperature up when there's so little at stake. As for Julien's system, the Bruins have a number of players who could put up better numbers in another place or under another coach in Boston - but that's not that big a deal to me. Would the team win more often if Seguin could play offense and only offense? Who knows? I don't think this team has the kind of elite talent to play run and gun hockey, though - at least on the back end.
Soderberg is setting up to be a huge disappointment if people are expecting him to be a first liner. If he is, that's great, but before we start ripping the coach over his role, let's at least see him against NHL competition. The NHL scouting eval that DrCC posted made him sound like a guy who could be pushed around, and that is exactly what people are complaining about when they complain the loudest - a lack of physical courage and push-back.
bogie said one of the things I think about Jagr - does the hall of famer need to adjust to fully "fit" with the Bruins? He'll do what he does in a way very similar to the way Ryder would do what Ryder does. Carry the puck into traffic, break down lanes, make one on one moves, own the puck along the boards - in a system of quick touches and net drive and cycling, and getting the puck to the net from the point to elongate the D coverage near the net. That really doesn't depend on him being anywhere but on the ice enough to keep teams guessing. And chemistry takes time.