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Sunday, December 16, 2007

The way it works

Besides not getting any publicity in New England, which is somewhat understandable since they haven't done anything since the 80s, the Bruins are not getting any credibility around the NHL's media period.

They quietly have the 4th best record in the league, and if it keeps up, Claude Julien should win Coach of the Year. But yet no one mentions them. TSN has them ranked 23rd. ESPN has them 6th which is more like it. My point, they are trailing Ottawa by 6 points, and they have the names like Heatley, Spezza and Alfredsson.

The Flyers who are the NHL's bad boys (Chris Simon might give the team a run for its money) has been looked upon a true cup contender. They 4 points less than Boston. They have the following firepower...Gagne, Briere, Lupol, Knuble, Hartnell, Upshall, Kapenen, Richards, Timonen, Hatcher, Smith. Most of those names are known around the NHL, not to mention Biron is arguably better than Thomas or Auld.

Can someone explain to me why any of these teams are better. I think the Bruins are a top 5 team in the NHL. Detroit is obviously 1, Ottawa is 2, but I have my doubts. I still think they lack depth and a 1 line team won't get it done in my opinion.

What sexy names do the Bruins have? Aside from Chara and Savard, no one. Bergeron is up and coming but is not yet an ELITE player. The Bruins don't have a ton of talent on the defense aside from Chara, but they are getting it done. Offensively, they lost their 2nd best player, their goal scorer in Glen Murray has struggled until recently, yet they keep chugging along.

I think the Bruins can do a lot of damage, especially when you conider they may get Bergeron back at the end of the season (note cap hit would be minimal since he was on the LTIR. My guess would be around 1.7 million or something). And they could get a deadline player like a Marian Hossa, or a Mike Modano.

My only question is, can Alex Auld and Tim Thomas carry the load?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to the game in Providence today and saw Peter Shaefer playing defense. Does anybody know why they would do this?

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just kidding it was a different Shaefer.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tsn is in canada, saying ottawa is the second best is good for the homeland, the bruins were ranked sixth on tsn a week or two ago, when timmy went down the bruins rank dropped 15 spots, id rather have the bruins get to little credit than to much

11:29 PM  
Anonymous big-e said...

It's consistency. Detroit is always a cup contender and Ottawa because of their recent cup run and the fact they have done well in the past few years. Everyone is waiting for Boston to choke any game now. And the B's will not get any respect until the beat Montreal (0/4), Ottawa (0/2) or NJ (0/2) type teams. And if you think Biron, Gerber and Emery are sexier names than Thomas and Auld, why? The fact of the matter is you can have a sexy name and get nothing (Khabibulin or Gomez) or you can get a guy who wants to play (Thomas or Auld). Don't forget, Emery was nothing before he was in the CUp final - they kept asking if Emery will take them to the cup. Imagine if you will the B's in the Eastern Finals against Ottawa, and then you will see TSN talk about Thomas. Make ths B's go into the finals, and they will say how great Savard is, how great Thomas is. This whole league (every sport for that matter) is always about what you've done - and Chia has built on team on what is possible (Kobasew). Who knew about Milan Lucic before 2005? The Bruins scouts, that's it. I'd rather they not be on the top of the news, so they can play thier game instead of having other teams gunning for them and the media watching every move. And yes TSN does prefer Ottawa - but it is still Leafs nation. Lastly, sexy names does not win cups (Ducks in 07) - four solid lines that support each other and a sound D and good goaltending - and the B's have that.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous jha said...

Big-E, great points by you right there. Well reasoned and well argued.

ESPN has the Bruins a little high on the rankings at #6. The Bruins are far better than last year but I'm not ready to be putting them close to the top 5. Big-E is completely right that they have to start beating teams like Ottawa (tonight) and Montreal.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bruins are third now on tsn

6:29 PM  
Anonymous The-Godfather said...

Maybe it's time Timmy gets a little respect!!

11:27 AM  

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