Re: same old c#@p
posted at 1/4/2011 4:33 PM EST
In Response to Re: same old c#@p
Oh, I don't know TTBI, Roloson's an older goaltender who was bounced from non-contender to non-contender since his one flash of glory. I'd argue that move could be little more than lipstick on the pig. Re: "Good team" vs. "win the Cup" - you can't win a Cup in January. You can develop chemistry and commitment in a good team in January. Good teams win Cups. In the last decade, Carolina, Tampa Bay, and Anaheim have all gone from 1st or 2nd round roadkill to Cup winners to on the outside looking in in very short spans of time despite keeping most of the key pieces of their core intact. Cup winning "great" teams of the last decade - the kind people seem to expect the Bruins to be - either hit a few huge jackpots later in the draft (Detroit) or stunk for long enough to build with top 5 picks (Pittsburgh, Chicago, Avalanche). The only team somewhere in between is New Jersey, and they had Marty Brodeur, so.... Every team can get better if it finds the right deal, but rarely is the right deal found by forcing someone's hand. More often than not, good teams become destiny's team when someone, or better yet, more than one player, suddenly steps up at the right time and becomes rising tide that lifts all ships. Seguin could be that player for the Bruins. So could Wheeler (no, really!) or Horton or Lucic. You're better off trying to find ways to create the right conditions for a breakout than you are trying to add another team's gamebreaker to your lineup in March.
Posted by Bookboy007
As long as you didn't say "Paille" ;-)
Hey, like I wrote b4, I don't dismiss the "camp 1" crowd that says this Bruins team has just as much shot at bringing home the Cup as any in the pack, b/c of examples like you gave (altho' I would argue that Tampa Bay club in '04 was pretty stacked), and b/c of weirdness like the Habs knocking off the Caps and Pens last year.
it's not over in January, certainly, and I hope you realize I think this Bruins team IS a good club. Many things to like, and maybe CJ has been purposely holding back Seguin's ice time in order to let him off the leash at just the right time. I also really REALLY like what I'm seeing out of Kampfer.
But just to play some devil's advocate here--would you really be against ANY tinkering or moves w/this team b4 the playoffs start? If Kampfer keeps providing offense and playing solid D, would it be SO crazy for CJ to shop a guy like Stuart who may bring big dividends back? Or at least kick the tires on a Wheeler/Ryder+Toronto pick deal JUST TO SEE if a GM out there is willing to give up a difference-maker type player in return?
Just curious for your thoughts on that or if you're more than happy to have this group of B's as your '11 playoff entry.
p.s. Hope you're right about Rollie. Seems to me he's played pretty darn well this year for one of the worst teams in the league.