Re: Stuart can be back within a month?
posted at 12/29/2010 11:52 AM EST
In Response to Re: Stuart can be back within a month?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Stuart can be back within a month? : If PC were to shop Stuart GMs would get into a bidding war. Not saying it's going to happen but this has the most logic as Mark would fetch what the Bruins need SPEED ON THE WING! Is Mark going to get better than he is now ? I don't think he will but I do think McQuaid and Kampfer will get much better. Gotta give to get!
Posted by SanDogBrewin[/QUOTE]
Yep, obviously I agree.
I think Stu is one of 2 major risk/trump cards PC has in his arsenal right now to really upgrade the Bruins and best address the weaknesses on the team* (the other card being this year's Toronto draft pick, which, the way the Leafs are going, should be quite high.)
*Lack of another sniper/speedy winger and a slick, fast-skating D-man who can score goals.
It's a risk b/c Stuart really is a rock-solid D guy**, and there's always that "potential" of a high draft pick later turning into a star, but the fact is the Bruins have been for too long planning for that future that never seems to come, and with certain good core pieces in place now, those two trade baits could produce some very high yield players heading into the playoffs, backed by the B's very solid goaltending, which is what you need to really get far in the post-season.
**But doesn't provide a whole lot on offense. We're already loaded with guys like that (Ference, McQuaid, and even Seidenberg, who I expected would provide more goal/assist production than he has; even Chara this year hasn't done as much to produce points, though that's certainly not his bread and butter, and he's still a very much-needed presence in his own end--the guy never gets enough credit not just for crunching bodies, but for breaking up passes w/the long reach--excellent defender re: stick position, but I digress ;-)
At least exploring a trade with Stuart as bait should be at the top of PC's to-do list.