Just how important is Z to the Bruins hopes of winning the Stanley Cup? I have heard a lot lately about the Bruins window is closing and that's why they could not wait on Tyler to mature.
CONS: Like all successful teams dealing with a salary cap ceiling, the Bruins lost a slew of veterans (including forwards Nathan Horton, Jaromir Jagr and Rich Peverley and defenseman Andrew Ference), but the acquisition of Eriksson from Dallas cost them the burgeoning talents of center Tyler Seguin. Yes, Seguin was immature compared to his more focused teammates, but his deletion from the roster underscores the shrinking window this team has in which to win. There are no blue-chip prospects on the horizon anymore and with the miles that have been logged by the now-36-year-old Chara, young blueliners Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug will need to contribute right away. Also, Julien will need to figure out a solution for Boston’s putrid power play, which has finished 20th or worse in three of the past four seasons.
Z is 36, Jerome is 35, Seids is 31. The Bruins "stars" are 27 and below. No blue-chip prospects? WTH is Hamilton, the kid is 20 and Spooner maybe aquamarine if he isn't blue and Krug is the real deal! Not to mention that the goalie is 26 and he's pretty good and locked up for quite a few years. So tell me why the window is closing? The Bruins will never win without Z? Say it isn't so. There is no question that Z is a once in a life time type player, but I believe that this young core of Bruins like Bergeron, Krejci, Marchand, Lucic, Ericksson, Rask, Krug, Hamilton, McQuaid, Bartkowski, et all will still compete for a cup in four years when Z is hanging up the blades. The hype about the window closing is comparable to that of the Y2K scare. The world made the necessary adjustments leading up to it, and the Bruins will do the same to remain a Stanley Cup contender year-in and year-out!