Re: State of the Bruins
posted at 1/28/2011 2:49 PM EST
In Response to Re: State of the Bruins
[QUOTE]Trytobearit, sorry but I didnot hang around yesterday, so let's start with I was 40 in 1972, and started as an avid Bruins fan during the 19 40s, although I went to my first game in 1937 with my Aunt who was an avid sports fan. I believe that the CUP evolves from lots of skill plus a large dollop of luck as in having a "Halak" type run in the playoffs, and zero injuries. I've also coached in mites, best time to teach skating, thru Travel teams and Midgets. I am solidly in favor of "chemistry" between linemates as we now see with Bergeron's line, and two years ago with Kreji/Wheeler/Ryder. A coach has to work at it and remain flexible, but, shuffling lines constantly leads to inconsistent play. As far as the Bruins PP, I would favor sticking with existing lines that continue to move and skate rather than moving individuals, forming an umbrella and standing still. The ultimate target is the CUP, but I enjoy the way a team, in my case the bruins, builds toward that objective.
Posted by bogie6[/QUOTE]
I suspected you were a veteran Bruins fan, and I must say I'm extremely jealous--not just b/c you got to fully enjoy the 1970 and 1972 Cup wins as an adult but b/c you've seen this team through decades, changing over time, and seeing some of the game's best players as a result! You must have seen Rocket Richard torch the B's in his prime; you've seen the emergency of the greatest player ever from his inception to Cup; you've seen Willie O'Ree break the color barrier and make history via the Bruins. You saw those early 70's teams change the very culture of hockey in Boston.
Truly awesome stuff.
Glad to hear you're still involved in the game and loving it for its best qualities. I admit it's harder for me to appreciate it on that level....just ONE Stanley Cup for the Bruins before I'm too old to follow the puck and I'll completely change my tune.
As for what this team could do better, I would like to see the front office make a move to replace Ryder or Wheeler w/someone--anyone--even if talent-wise they aren't far better. I think the team needs a shakeup, esp. w/Savard out--most likely for the rest of the year--and the pattern I don't like over the past 3-4 years is going into playoffs hoping that players like DK, Horton, Wheeler, etc, can just magically start playing up to their potential and hoping a goalie wins the Cup. It COULD happen but it's not likely.
They also need another PMD to complement Kampfer, but again--who and how?
Positives: Marchand, Bergeron (my current favorite Bruins), obviously Thomas, Chara, a sound defensive (if boring) system, and I do believe that Lucic and Horton are extremely talented players who CAN and perhaps WILL be the goal scorers the B's need them to be to be successful.
I've just seen too many disappointments since I really started understanding and following the game and team in the late 1970's. One of my earliest memories is Montreal Game 7 1979. Ouch.