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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Current Roster

____-Savard-Murray
Sturm-Bergeron-Bochenski
____-Kessel-Kobasew
Axelsson-Mowers-Thornton

Lashoff-Chara
Alberts-Wideman
Ference-Ward

Fernandez
Thomas/Toivonen

The Bruins lack serious offensive weapons up front. It will be a repeat of last season if Axelsson is asked to be anything but a checking line winger, the job he is best suited for. They need to add one top 6 left winger as well as a 3rd line left winger to play with Kessel. Donovan, Mowers, and Thornton will probably rotate on the fourth line, unless one of the first two are waived.

The defense will be average and nothing more. Lashoff needs to play with a veteran, either Chara or Ward, to help the development stage. Hopefully Wideman becomes the defenseman Chiarelli thought he would be, but with the performance he displayed at the end of last year, it seems doubtful. The Bruins may want to explore trade options here, with Alberts and Ference being the top candidates, since Ward has a huge salary, Chara is "the captain", and the rest of the defenseman are all relatively young.

The goaltending issue is finally resolved and the Bruins have a number one. Now there is the matter of who goes, Timmy or Hannu?

11 Comments:

Blogger Walshie said...

Why do you think they wont have Kessel play on one of the top 2 lines? Either with Bergeron and Sturm or with Savard and Murray? They drafted him to be a goal scorer not on the third line. I agree they need a top 6 forward but I don't see why you guys are all upset with Kessel on the first or second line. That's if Murray stays, give the kid a chance to play with goal scorers not third and fourth line scabs.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Ruslan Fedotenko for a third like LW. He was all over the place a few years back in the playoffs and he can play on both sides.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wait......FEDOTENKO is gone now too !! Isn't there a saying. " good thing come to those who wait." What good is going to be left ??

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CHIARELLI is a MORON!

2:59 PM  
Anonymous cahill242424 said...

Since Chia is now looking to go after another team's RFAs what about Sean Avery. I read an article saying the Rangers didn't want to pay him upwards of 2.5 million per season. Also maybe hop on Lindros as well. Then put Bergeron on the first line and have Avery ceter the second. Lindros may fit with Kessel, or as a fourth liner. Even Ryder as a RFA just to piss off the Habs fans...

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sean Avery... I like the sound of that. Then all the jerkoffs that say they can't watch the Bruins because they're not tough anymore can go suck it. I like the idea of a player than can pummell people AND produce on the scoreboard.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous AnthonyL said...

Avery would be good in Boston but I have to totally agree with walshie, Kessel is clearly good enough for the first or second line.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My number one line would be

kessel-savard-murry. that is because as it looks now, that we are not going to sign anybody.

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't argue that Kessel is first-line talent - especially with a successful rookie season under his belt and the city's heart behind him - BUT is he comfortable on the left wing? Is Murray? Matching talent with talent is easy, but you have to find lines that produce. Is anyone more familiar with the Baby B's down in Providence? I see they had a rookie left winger that had a stud season last yeat (T.J. something-or-other).

7:49 AM  
Anonymous cahill242424 said...

Everyone says how the B's are deep in talent in the minors, but no gets the call up. Or it is always the same guy (Krejki). Now that we lost one talent to MN for a goalie it is time to give them a shot. Last year the B's threw Kessel into the fire now do the same with Karsems, Lucic, TJ Trevelyian, Walter, Stuart, and Lashoff. Maybe one of the answers to jump starting these guys is someone we already have in the system. Kessel should be with Sturm and Bergy because Murray and Savard are too slow.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with pairing Kessel with Bergy and Sturm. Speed all around should make for a line that gels with a little work. Sturm and Bergy already have a ton of chemistry, and Kessel is still adapting to the NHL game, so he can pick up the pairing quickly enough. Murray and Bochenski should go along with Savard because Savard is a passer while the other two are shooters. Havin Murray dig down low as the bigger of the three and letting the younger Bochenski snipe from the edges. I like those 2 first lines, and we certainly have a solid defensive line with PJ, Thornton, and Mowers. Sounds like we just need to nail down a line 3.

10:57 AM  

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