I'm of the opinion this latest edition of our Bruins was a good one. Since I don't know squat about any trade/acquisition potential leading up to the deadline, I'm not going to skewer management. I do know, had the B's brought in Gaborik, Bruinland would have been pissed at PC's judgement.
This is incredibly subjective territory, but I believe the Bruins have been plenty "good enough' since about 2010.
Despite the ridiculous DK excuse, the B's gave up in 10, and got outplayed by Montreal in 11. They looked disinterested to me against Washington in 12, and I didn't feel they played "inspired" against either Toronto or Chicago last year. I wasn't impressed against Detroit this year, and despite going 7 games against Montreal, thought they only played 2 decent games in that series.
Is that a fair assessment? More importantly, is this kind of ebb and flow the norm for the NHL's best teams?
Lots of talk about how LA comes to play every night. The work ethic and such. Obviously, that's a bit overstated, as it looks like they might have taken a nite or 2 off as recently as San Jose.
Do we hold the Bruins to an impossible standard, or are they the model of playoff inconsistentcy?