Re: Start Targeting the 2012 Season
posted at 1/11/2011 1:09 AM EST
In Response to Re: Start Targeting the 2012 Season
[QUOTE]I mostly read and very rarely comment, can you tell me again the moves you think he should make? I am interested in your ideas, as I usually agree with what you say...
Posted by Jake1977[/QUOTE]
I'm no GM so I'm not going to go on a tirade in tune with if I were GM I would make this move, that move and this move and we'd win the cup this year. If it were that easy we'd all be GMs and the Bruins would win the cup every year.
However I do believe I'm knowledgeable enough about the sport and in particular the Bruins and their prospect system to point out some things that may be able to help.
Current NHL Team Roster:
There just isn't enough true goal scoring talent up front, the lack team speed, they lack size (not depth) at center and lack entirely (beyond Kampfer) any d-men that can consistently skate, make plays out of their own end and man the point on the PP effectively.
Proposed Changes if the Bruins want to win this year or next:
With a stock pile of picks (including two 1st and two 2nds in this year's draft) along with a solid but somewhat unspectacular prospects in the minors, playing in college, junior or over seas it would seem the Bruins have the ammunition to make moves to bring in the size and speed they lack at forward and the play making/puck moving they lack on defense.
As for who to go after that's been addressed on some many threads it would take forever to rehash all the ideas so here's a truncated version. Guys like Shea Weber or Keith Yandle would cost too much (in prospects and picks) so the Bruins have to aim lower and try to target guys such as Jordan Leopold, Christian Erhoof, Kevin Bieska or Matt Niskanen Not a very sexy group.
Chiraelli has already addressed this deficiency by trading and or drafting players such as Kampfer, Warsosfky and Bartowski. Guys like Bieska and Erhoff are UFA's next year so unless the Bruins are willing to give up literally the farm to get a Weber or Yandle I think we have to take a look at the second tier guys I mentioned above and hope that players like Kampfer, Warsosfky and Bartowski develop sooner rather than later. As a side note I would stay away from the likes of the Kaberle's and Corvo's of the world. If the players cause more goals than contribute to scoring they aren't worth brining in. That's why we got rid of Dennis Wideman.
At forward one of Krejci, Bergeron or Savard needs to go as we are fairly deep at center. These guys all lack size and are all on the play making side of the house versus the goal scoring side of this house . Which of course would be fine if we were stock piled with snipers at wing but we are not . Not at the NHL level and not in the minors. Beyond Seguin there is not a single Bruins prospect that projects as an elite and consistent 25-40 goal a year threat. Lucic and Wheeler have shown promise as much as inconsistency. Seguin has the potential but no guaranty he'll produce. The rest of the squad is either old (Recci - third and fourth line variety -Campbell, Marchand, Thorton, Paille, Caron) or probably out the door anyway soon (Ryder, Wheeler).
Our prospects in the minors, college or Junior aren't in the mold of the Semin's or Malkin's of the world either. Arniel, Sauve, Spooner, Knight, Colbrone may all turn out to be solid NHL talent but 25-40 goal a year scorers. Not likely.
There's no quick fix to this except to shed salary in the off season (Savard, Thomas, Ryder, Wheeler) and to bring in UFAs or sign an RFA forward (s) to an offer sheet (Zach Parise?) This is very risky and costly ask Brian Burke). A couple of UFA forwards worth maybe taking the risk on next year (Alex Semin, Brad Richards, Erik Cole and Miko Koivu).
The goal tending is solid at the big club level but pretty shabby even at the AHL and development levels. If they shed Thomas they have to bring in a veteran like Craig Anderson or Osgood to back up Tuuka and draft or trade for some goal tending prospects ASAP.
As an organization their drafting has improved but it's been clear for a long time that the Bruins simply aren't spending the money to draft and develop talent from Europe. I believe the money that it costs to aggressively scout in Europe combined with the Bruins and other teams fear of drafting euro players that may never play for the team (which has happened to them) has caused this. This has to change as quite a bit of talent (particularly offensive) is coming from the continent.
As for coaching I'm less inclined to chastise Claude for his style of play as I am for the fact that his teams Bruins and otherwise have played far to timid, inconsistent and without heart. His unwillingness to alter his approach game to game (or even in game), his leaning on veterans too much even if they are playing terrible and is handling of younger players even if they are outperforming veterans (didn't marchand deserve to be moved up and take minutes from Recci, Wheeler or Ryder) are more the reasons he has to be replaced. In his defense the Bruins don't have forwards with speed to carry the puck through the neutral zone or d-men who can skate or make plays. Thus changing to a hard core forechecking game an up tempo team play with a new coach will only be effective if the personal changes as well. Just changing the coach won't make a difference, the NHL is not the NBA.
That's my take anyway. What do I know. I can't even get my team in NHL 11 to make the playoffs ;)