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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

My Deadline Take

Paul Mara to NYR for Aaron Ward.

I am not sure what to think of this one. Yeah I am glad Mara is gone, underperformer here, but then again we aren't saving much money. Ward makes 2.75 for this and next, while Mara makes 3. 250k difference. Ward is 34, and aging, Mara is prime age at 27. Mara has more upside, but Ward is much better defensively and did well in Carolina. A wash trade.

Brad Boyes to STL for Dennis Wideman.

Stop. I know it's hard to say we got a good deal. I think we got a good talent, but not fair value. Wideman has 22 points as a d-man is only 23. Boyes had 34 points and is still young. Boyes is a 80 point man, which is hard to let go, especially at 1.5 million. I don't know why he got traded now that he is heating up, but we do have a surplus of offense and this does open up some cap space. St. Louis got the better of this deal, but I see what Chiarelli is doing. He wants to start with a solid blueline and then go into free agency not having to overspend for mediocre talent and buy some offense with the money.

Overall, I weird deadline day for Bruins fans.


Blogger Latrappe said...

That Boyes trade make me wonder. I agree that you're never to deep at the blueline but the B's have to very good prospect with Stuart and Lashoff. Assuming that Allen and York are dump; it leave one spot and a spare one. Does it mean that the B's believe that Stuart or Lashoff won't make it, next year???

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stuart wont he sucks .

9:52 PM  
Blogger TreeBob said...

They may sign Allen. he is cheap and pretty good.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous MacK said...

Wideman is the one player in the NHL that I am friends with. He grew up 10 minutes from me in Elmira Ontario. He's a rough and gritty defenceman. He'll compete night in and night out. Something that Brad Boyes has not done this year. I like this trade for the Bruins. (Not just because Widesy can just get me free Bruins stuff now) I think he'll be great for the Bruins down the stretch. Boyes has pushed himself into a 4th line spot. The Bruins have enought 4th line type guys on their roster. Wideman can play everything. PK and PP good trade overall.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

a surplus of offense? are you nuts? Last I checked the Bruins barely had 2 scoring lines and were 11th in the league in goals! A Surplus? what are you on? another awful trade!!!

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Jim said...

11th from the bottom that is

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone named Jim ranted something about a surplus of offense.

The B's do have loads of offensive talent. The simple minded answer to not scoring enough goals is to find more people who score goals. But Hockey is not that simple. Watch Buffalo sometime as they turn it around from the defensive zone back to offense. It happens in a flash, and next thing you know they have a shot on goal. Many people who claim to understand the game of Hockey suggest that offense is primarily generated from defense. Those people include Dave Lewis and Peter Chiarelly.

Read what the GM says: these defensive aquisitions are meant to move the puck up the ice quickly so the offensive talent can do their thing (rather than hang around in the defensive zone for most of every period).

1:28 AM  
Blogger jimbuff said...

You say Boyes is an 80 point man - no he isn't! He has potential to become an 80 point man but so far in his NHL career he has 69 points and this year is on pace for 44 points.
He hasn't even been a 70 point man yet so to say he IS an 80 point man is assuming to much!
He has the talent to maybe become an 80 point man I agree but until he develops a heart he will always be one of those players with potential!

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, that is what I meant. Your basically giving up an 80 point man.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Potential wise...

8:19 AM  
Anonymous jim said...

Since when do the bruins even try outlet passes? yes, thats something that the coach should have them doing...dumping the puck in from the red line isnt an outlet pass.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Stu Smallwood said...

Hey fellas. I think this was a good deal. The B's needed to upgrade their defense. It took Boyes to get a player they did their homework on, so they made the deal. They have a lot of forwards there that have been contributing well but will struggle to get ice time when everyone is healthy. Kessel needs that ice time. They have three burgeoning prospects in the minors that will have trouble finding room on the roster. This deal was made for a reason.

Here's my blog, with a detailed argument:

I encourage you to check it out and argue against me if you choose!

4:14 AM  

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