Re: TIME FOR A CHANGE
posted at 1/7/2011 9:39 PM EST
In Response to Re: TIME FOR A CHANGE
This will be an important week Jman, but it's just more of the same. 82 games, then see what happens. After every loss, most here want to fire Julian and make a bunch of trades. The dumbest attempt to make their point by offering up possible scenario's and prove their limited understanding of the game, and the business, which are hopelessly intertwined these days. Julian implements his style because the Bruins don't have any bona fide scorers. The D is ok, but not outstanding. A tight team defense is this groups best bet to achieve success. What they lack in firepower, and pure greatness is somewhat offset by balance. It amazes me how everyone here can't see that. There is absolutely no reasonable doubt, that PC is open to, and carefully examining all offers. You can bet there are always a lot of tire kickers. I'm sure there is virtually no one on this team that is untradeable. You don't make a trade though...just to make a trade. You do it to make your team better, and contrary to popular belief, NHL GM's aren't quite as gullible and stupid, as many here think. There are many, many factors involved which, no one here knows jack about. This team has a shot, and that's as good as it gets. They may also miss the playoffs. There's no guarantee, that's why it's interesting. Who on this team would score 40 on a different team? Nobody. So why can't the masses seem to understand a trade won't get us one. You work with your strengths. Ramsey got a head coaching gig, quite simply because of his success in Boston. He ran the defense, he wasn't Julians gopher. Together they developed and deployed the system. Ramsay now works his system differently, and you know why? His Dcorp leads the league in points scored ! Can you imagine trying to make that work here? It wouldn't, and any pee wee coach on the continent should be able to comprehend that. Again, you deploy a system that works to your strength. Tweaking is the only reasonable option for a team in the top third of the league in January. Something could happen closer to the deadline. These are hockey's dog days, and everyone is just trying to get them in the rear view mirror. An interesting development could be Brad Richards. If he doesn't get re signed, he'll probably get dumped, and 16 teams will be hot on the trail, just to get him as a rental, regardless if they can sign him for next year. Rebuilding non playoff teams with cap space, and the need for a marquee will also join in the frenzy. The team that offers up the most, will get him, and if it's a playoff bound team, it'll most certainly have to shed some salary on top of that. That's the B's best case scenario. Maybe a decent rental for 1 shot at the cup, but they'll need to give up a fair chunk of the future, and then some. Could be an ok idea, could be a great idea....could be horrible. There may be a defenseman there somewhere too, but this delusion that Boston can "trade" for some of these prizes is lunacy. The only way to get an elite NHL player, is to be the highest bidder. Elite teams develop their stars, and trade for pieces in supporting roles, it doesn't work the other way around. Finally, for all those out there that think things are so bad....for the gazillion who constantly reference Lou's astuteness in coaching and player transactions,.... go check the league standings.
Posted by stevegm
Steve, there's no doubt about the overall truth of your post here. I for one don't expect any magic trade is going to happen to make this team suddenly the Cup favorite.
But I think it's fair to acknowledge as well that the opposite approach in the modern PC era--since 2008--has been to go into the post season w/exactly the kind of team we're staring at now...and what we DO KNOW is that it's simply not good enough.
Yu always want to trade to make your team better, but short of doing something incredibly foolish (trading one of the goalies, Seguin, Krejci, or other young core players they need to build around) it's hard to see how trading almost any of the lesser players (Wheeler/Ryder/Paille) or even some good players (Stuart, Boychuk) could possibly make the team worse.
PC also has the wild card of the Tor. draft pick. That could entice some GM's who are not going anywhere near the playoffs to give someone back that could improve this team's chances in the playoffs. Probably not enough to make the finals, but you KNOW in your hockey heart of hearts they aint goin' there if they do nothing as an alternative.
Given that I agree w/your overall assessment of the B's basically being in between a rock and hard place, is it not fair to admit that the fan base might be more than a little peeved to see yet another round 1 or 2 KO--or even, as you hinted is a possibility, a DNQ? Do you honestly believe that this Bruins team going into playoffs 2011 is anything more than lunchmeat for the clearly better opponents waiting for them? I think that's reason enough to make a trade--ANY trade--just to shake things up and show the fans that it isn't just business as usual on Causeway Street, which is to say: Just wait til NEXT year....we'll REALLY be good then. Cuz, brother, I've been hearing that song for a loooooooong, loooooooong time.
p.s. I'd take out that rental on Brad Richards, but I don't see how they can swing it. Plus, he'll end up w/a team like the Rangers or Sharks or Wings anyway. I'd bet dollars to donuts PC won't even consider it.