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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Bruins should target Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi missed 66 games this season with a herniated disk, but he is still a force on the ice. He is 6-3, 245 pounds, and drives to the net with authority. This is something the Bruins desperately need, a force in the offensive zone. He is also a left-handed shot, something the Bruins lack. Bertuzzi has great talent as well, and with his injury this season, he may not command as much money on the free agent market as he could. If the Bruins could get him at 4-5 million a year then it would be a steal. This is where they need to spend their money is on offense. Although goaltending is a major issue, with equal concern, I believe the Bruins should address the forward position. With Bertuzzi this is what the team could look like:

Sturm-Savard-Murray
Bertuzzi-Bergeron-Kobasew
Kalus-Kessel-Bochenski
Reich-Mowers-Donovan

The top three lines can be interchangeable. This gives the Bruins three lines of above-average speed plus a pure goal scorer on each line(Murray, Bertuzzi,Bochenski). And yes, I forgot Axelsson. I would be glad to see him traded, but obviously it will never happen. The way Lewis uses him is ridiculous and only hurts this team and him as a player. He's a great defensive player, but he really does not fit in well on this team. Reich has to be here for his toughness. Mowers is the only 4th line center. This leaves Kalus, Kobasew, and Donovan. Kalus should be on this team, playing with skilled forwards. Kobasew is still unproven, but has scored 20 goals in a season. That leaves Donovan and Axelsson. I take Donovan over Axelsson, because Axelsson would command more in trade value. Plus Axelsson is injury prone. The past 4 NHL seasons, he has missed between 15-27 games each season.

5 Comments:

Anonymous freddybuffett said...

I hope that this post was a joke. I never quite got the sacasim but there is no way it could be serious. I don't even want this joke in the league let alone on a team I go for.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Pekese said...

I've looked past what Bertuzzi did a few years back. He is a very good player who plays with emotion on a daily basis, something the Bruins have none of. The Bruins need a force up front and he is the only available free agent who has the size, strength, speed, and ability. I think he would be a great fit.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Pekese said...

Obviously what he did was a cheap shot and should not be in this league, but in his defense he was sticking up for his captain. I'm not trying to defend him at all and agree it was a dirty play and thought the suspension was fair. That said, he is still a good player who has plenty of offensive skills.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous freddybuffett said...

pekse, I am not aguing his skill. I just don't want idiots on our team. We have enough chemistry problems here now - can you imagine if we threw Bert into this mix. Would be nothing but trouble. Get Murray back healthy next year and play more offensive as a team and we will not need this cancer on our team.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous jimmy said...

same thing was said about savard this offseason. he turned out fine, i like the idea of bertuzzi.

3:03 PM  

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