Re: Seguin at the dot
posted at 11/5/2013 9:24 AM EST
Any subject involving Kessel. Thorton, or Seguin seems to bring on a donnybrook here. Thortons a probable HOFer. If 81 keeps pacing til he's mid. 30's, he will too. To early to tell about Seguin. Personally, my opinion is that he's the most useless of the 3. Just my opinion. Anyway, it doesn't matter if he scores 900 goals by the time he's done. If the Bruins stay in the leagues top 5 or 6 over the next few years.
I'm surprised and disappointed how some of the regulars get their panties in such a knot over these discussions. Many slot these 3 players in the same hole when they shouldn't. Sure they were all gifted offensively, but there were different scenario's surrounding their move. IMO, Kessel wasn't really traded. The notion PC took Burke to school is nonsense. The Bruins didn't really want to move Kessell. They lost the hammer with an RFA, and Burke forced PC's hand. The loss of 81, without an immediate replacement hurt the B's bigtime the following year. I think that's pretty obvious, but many will argue.
Management screwed up in their assessment of Thortons leadership qualities, and that pretty much punched his ticket out of town. Lots of great players aren't captain material, (Orr is one example)and shouldn't be harshly judged because they just want to play the game, and not have to deal with all the jerks in the media, as well as assorted other consulate responsibilities.
Never been a big fan of Seguin, and have had lots to say about his pond skills. I think Cherry would consider him like Kent Nillson(spell/), the best practice player in the league. The B's invested heavily in him though(promotionally), and must have felt the need to smear him somewhat to validate themselves before trading him. I don't like that at all. Most here bought it. Had they planned on keeping him, they were well within their right to publicly try and shake him up. Going public a few days before he was dealt...., is bush I really like PC, so I prefer to think the deal came together after he made those comments.
I understand those who may think the Bruins have some kind of disdain for high end offensive players. It doesn't seem to be one-way players, because there are plenty of one-way darlings on the team. Those with a great defensive game, but no ability to put the puck in the net.
I get that some people will think that way.
But what throws that logic right out the window, is just a teensy bit of elementary curiosity. In reality, the Bruins DO score. They're always in the upper echelon of the league, in fact CJ's bruins have been near the top of the league on occasion. They're always going for top spot defensively, and although you can't win 0-0 games, knowledgable hockey people understand the importance of tight team defense.
The B's teambuilding strategy is working. That's indisputable. They progressed competitively post Joe Thorton as well as post Phil Kessell. The only justification for any belly-aching would be if they regressed.
I'm glad Kessel and Thorton are doing well. Like Ray Bourque, I'll be happy if they both win a cup some day, as long as they don't beat the Bruins in doing that. I hope Seguin does well.
The inability to at least be somewhat objective about those 3 former Bruins, does not make one a bigger, better, smarter Boston Bruin fan.