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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Area #2

The Bruins have plenty of guys who can dish the puck up front. They just are limited in guys who can FINISH! The Bruins need to go out and make a splash and sign a goal scoring forward. Much like the way they went out and got Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara last year. Glenn Murray is a proven goal scorer, yes but he's getting older and can't play in as many game. I don't know if the Bruins can deal him or if he's known as damaged goods. With Murray in the lineup they are better he is a threat to score. Without him they are in big trouble. If they can deal Murray even if it's for draft picks or future picks it frees up alot of cap room.

A guy I would love the Bruins to sign is Teemu Selanne who is a proven goal scorer. The problem is he will be 37 in July. Unless the Bruins can sign him to a 2 year deal it's not worth it. Selanne this season had 94 points, 48 goals, 46 assists. How great would he be on RW with Marc Savard in the middle?
A guy I like alot and would be alot cheaper than Selanne is Slava (Vyacheslav) Kozlov. Kozlov is very similar to Marc Savard, yes they were teammates in 05-06 with Atlanta and they both played with Hossa and Kovelchuck. But the vision of the ice and playmaking ability. They both can finish, Kozlov had 28, 52, for 80 points this season. Last season he put up 71 points. The problem is he will be 35 in May.
I would love the Bruins to get Brendan Shanahan, who the Bruins were close to signing last year but wouldn't give him a 3 year deal and look at the numbers he put up this year; 29 goals, 33 assist, 62 points. He also missed a bunch of games after he colioded at center ice with Mike Knuble. Shanahan has a home here in Mass with his wife who is from here. He is also one of the hardest working guys in the NHL, known for staying on the ice up to 3 hours after just shooting pucks. Something that could rub off on some of the Bruins. He is also a great leader and guy in the locker room. Shanny has also won 2 cups with the Red Wings.

Those are the older guys for 2 year deals I would like.

The two offensive players that are going to draw the most attention to are Buffalo Sabers Daniel Briere and Chris Drury. Drury will be 31 in August. Briere will be 31 next October. Briere had a breakout 95 point season. Briere is sometimes questioned about his toughness has only played the full season 3 out of 6 years. Briere is only 5'10'' 181 lbs. However the kid can fly and has great vision. He has 5 straight NHL years of 24 plus goals. He has played with Thomas Vanek all season who has put up 84 points. Chris Drury who I haven't hurd one bad thing about him, all positives. What can I say that hasn't been said about him? Since age 12 he's proven he was a winner every where he goes. He was the starting pitcher for Trumbull, CT that won the Little League World Series. He is the only BU player ever to win the Hobey Baker award. He won the Stanley Cup with Ray Bourque in Colorado. He might not put up numbers like everyone else but he finds a way to win for his team. He will do anything. He's great on the powerplay. The past two seasons only 67 and 69 points each, but he does all the little things right. The past two seasons 30 and 37 goals. Just what the Bruins need. If you're going to get one of these guys it will take a 4-6 year deal and alot of cash.


Anonymous bruinsfan94 said...

no way would we sign Daniel Briere, I mean he was the one who at the begging of the season when the sabres were playing really good said "Well, all the teams we have played probably are playoff calibre teams, except for Boston

4:02 PM  
Anonymous BosBrn77 said...

I'd beat that little midget's head in for that!

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Jimbo said...

yeah briere doesnt want to be here and we dont want him here either. IMO he is the biggest bitch in this league and I cant stand watching him play. Whenever I think of him all I can think of him doing is diving around the ice like a little bitch.... and we thought our captain was soft.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Walshie said...

While Briere was right, the Bruins didn't make the playoffs and were out of it the last month

7:57 PM  
Anonymous BosBrn77 said...

Yeah walshie, but we all know that was because of the coach. The B's had the talent, just didn't have the coaching to play the type of game!

11:56 AM  
Anonymous cahill said...

As a Bruins fan i am not sure how a sniper would be on this team. Players like Kariya, Selanne and Briere need the puck. The style that Lewis has the b's playing is more dump and chase than carry into the zone and create something. We have enough quick guys to chase and i agree we need some finishers at this point.

Watching guys like Shannahan, Roberts, and Holmstrom in the playoffs is awesome. they take beatings in front of the net and don't lose position. They get the UGLY goals that aren't on the highlights. This is where we are lacking. Shanahan, Roberts, Tkachuk, Lindros and Bertuzzi are available. Get back to the days of Knuble in front cleaning up for Thornton and Samsonov.

1:04 PM  

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