Re: The B's are a joy to watch.
posted at 3/12/2013 1:31 AM EDT
Yup, hard to argue with the Julien/Chiarelli tandem. They've brought in a model of consistency, making what will hopefully be a 6th straight playoff appearance, and possibly a 4th division title in that span. The Cup doesn't hurt either. The two years that they didn't win the division, I think everyone knew that those teams either over-achieved ('07-'08) or got hit hard by the injury bug ('09-'10).
They've done all of that with a very young core, and have kept that core together while putting pieces around them.
People call out how the Bruins are a mere 3-4 in game 7's under Julien....that could be worse, folks. They've never been swept, they've never lost in 5, and they've never lost in 6 with him behind the bench. Getting swept can be put on the coach if his team has more talent, but game 7 losses, all but 1 (which, if the game was played on paper, should have been an easy sweep for Montreal that year) were 1-goal games that were decided in the waning minutes or overtime. That comes down to the players.
And I wouldn't trade that Cup winning season away for anything, but they made some shrewd moves and gave away some serious assets all for an unknown which obviously worked out. For Kaberle, Peverley and Kelly, they gave up:
A first line player (he is now, anyway), a top-4 D-man, a first round pick, 2 second round picks, and a solid prospect. If they didn't win the cup and those players all fell on their faces, they probably would have looked horrible. They gave up a lot of assets there, but once again....I'd do it again and again if it meant the cup.