Re: The Solution
posted at 3/13/2011 11:47 AM EDT
In Response to Re: The Solution
TryToBearIt - I third that. I was very vocal on the board on the need for a point guy like Savard. We didn't get one. This will come back and bite us. People will say " look where we rank in goals scored! " Fine. But, how about the playoffs, as in moving forward? Isn't that a different beast altogether. Who is our offensive points guy? No one expects Bergy or Krejci to stay on a point parade. Bergeron has already come back down to earth. Defense is critical to championships, but the last 5-6 Cup winners had at least 1 90+ point guy on their team. Our guy is Savard; he is on IR and maybe permanently.
Posted by ipot
Ipot-Yep, I think we're on the same page here. It's no coincidence that the PP went on life support w/out Savard, and the Bruins just don't have that "go-to" superstar guy that at THE VERY LEAST makes teams overplay him to keep him from dominating the game and thus allows OTHER players to step up.
The Bruins have an excellent playmaker in Krejci but Horton and Lucic are both streaky goal-scorers who can go into maddening droughts and are not going to be the "difference makers" in big games. If we had a Stamkos or Crosby/Ovechkin type (and I'm NOT saying they grow on trees--just that we don't have one)...it would be a diff. story.
Likewise, on defense, we lack that Mike Green/Seabrook/Boyle type of guy who can really be depended upon to provide offense when needed (esp. on the PP)..Kaberle was probably the best guy available for PC given what other teams we willing to part w/and what the B's had to deal, but he's only an ELITE PMD on a team like the B's that otherwise doesn't have one--the closest thing being a rookie who's still learning the game and is now trying to get back from a concussion.
All of this is a combo of the uncontrollable (i.e. Cooke the goon ends Savard's career), and the franchise's long-term un-willingness to "go big"...i.e. get a lot of role player types (Kelly, Peverly, Recchi) and hope your goalie stands on his head.
Now, those role players I mentioned ARE certainly a part of any championship-caliber team, but you also NEED to have the stars--the snipers, the PPgame players...and we'be got Michael freaking Ryder.
I hate to bring everyone down, but this team as constituted is better than it was b4 the trade deadline, but still so painfully, obviously, not going to get past the 1st or 2nd round. They're just not.
(Which, coming full circle, is why it drives me nuts that Seguin isn't getting to play. What in the h*ll do they have to lose by letting this kid loose??? Losing 5-2 instead of 4-2 to the Islanders??? Give me a break. Julien is retarding this kid right b4 our eyes, and I KNOW he has talent.
The B's are still the ONLY NHL team this year w/out a 4 on 4 goal in regulation. And with all that open ice you;re telling me Seguin's speed isn't needed? Ridiculous.)