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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thoughts

Been a long time since my last post. A lot going on in the past month so sorry for the lack of posts. Just wanted to get some thoughts on the Bruins of late.

  • Congrats to Marc Savard, Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and Milan Lucic for making the All-Star game and the Youngster AS team. Chara has been one of the best defenders in the East all seasons and Savard has shown he is an elite playmaker and is finally getting recognition. Lucic has been great and good to see him go to the youngsters game. Now to Thomas. Who would have though he would ever be an all-star? He has proved a lot of people wrong, including me, and it is odd to say, but the Bruins have an all-star goalie. When I see Alex Auld in net, I really realize how good TT is.
  • I disagree with Milbury's comments about Kessel and how he his flaws are fatal. First off, this is a guy who made awful trades with the Isles, trading Chara, Spezza, Jokinen, Luongo, and so on. The Pitino of the NHL. While Kessel hasn't been Ovechkinesque out of the gate, he is progressing well. Every time he has the puck he has the ability to score. His game has improved a lot since last season. As many people know, forwards usually take a few seasons to find their game.
  • 8-2 Montreal loss. Now, I think this is a case of a bad matchup. The Bruins just don't match up well with them. The Habs skate around the Bruins at ease, and beat the trap. The Bruins get down early against them and the Bruins offense isn't capable at coming back down 2 goals often.
  • The lack of offense is killing the Bruins. Missing guys like Murray and Bergeron doesn't help. The Bruins need to go out and acquire a sniper, a guy like Hossa. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Bruins make a run at thim this offseason and during the deadline.
  • Peter Schaefer has been a bum all season. He seems like a lazy player and he hasn't live up to my expectations. I wouldn't mind trading him to rid us of his 2.1 million cap hit.
  • Dennis Wideman has been great this season. I still wouldn't deal Boyes for him still, but Wideman has emerged as the 2nd best defender on the team and I think Claude has done a great job with him.

I'll try to get back to posting more regularly, as for the game vs. the Isles, this will be a very important game, since the difference between 6 and 8 is starting to separate a little.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Birdman2403 said...

I agree....this team needs some scoring. I'm sick of hearing," They can use Bergy's money to sign someone....." Well DO IT !! (Maybe p.c. is working on something...better be!!) As for Wideman, still not sold on him. He is good, but shouldn't be #2...#4 or 5 is more his fitting ! Huge game tonight...B's 4 Isles 3.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous big-e said...

Problem with salary caps is that they return once the players come off IR. Imagine the B's have $2MM in cap space, and then you add the Bergy and Fernandez on top of that - let's say you get to $11MM. If you go out and sign Hossa for $7MM, essencially you are $5MM over this year's cap. Look at Anaheim. Chia would then need to shave $5MM from next year's cap, and resign a bunch of FAs (Ward, Wideman, Metrpolit, etc). That's why at the trade deadline, we get into rental players, that if they don't sign, the cap space is freed up. I'm not a GM, but when you look around the league there are a lot of dumber GMs. You don't give out $10MM contracts, you don't let $20MM of your cap in three players and I'm sorry you don't sign players for 10-12-15 years. Imagine Ovechkin gets a nasty wrist or ankle injury and is never the same player again (ever) - that could hurt. If Ovechkin wants to stay 13 years in Washington, you can easily sign him for 4 years three times. These are bets and insurances. Ovechkin bets he can score 50 goals a year for the next 13 years. That's a big bet. On the plus, makes Ovechkin unmoveable so they don't have to worry about the Thornton aspect. Hossa would be nice, but I figure we'll have to give up a lot. The salary does not bother me as much, as Fernandez and Murray will be off the book in a few years anyways. I heard Backman is avaiable in St Louis ($3MM) and most GMs trade with friends. A Murray for Backman would be a nice trade. And I totally agree, when we got Schaffer we were expecting a tough, game maker for $3MM - and again and again, I'd rather take Axlesson at half his salary. Trade Peter and give Axelsson a raise. Trying to remember is Axelsson was palying in thee 10-2 loss last year. I know a lot of people think he's a dud - but watch him play, watch how reliable and smart he is. I expect the Bruins to come out in a defensive mode, Bruins 3 Isles 1.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous jeff said...

We all know the bruins arent going to win the stanley cup. I hope they dont go trade kessel or any thing stupid for hossa or anyone. I mean yea go trade murray schaeffer thornton alberts and get backman and scorer. Then in offseason make a run for hossa if we can fit him under the salary cap but if murray goes and schaeffer and alberts maybe we can plus the salary cap should be going up about 2 million. I hope marchand makes a good bid at the team kid looked great. Next year if bergeron is healthy and can be bergy again, murray is gone and we can get hossa i tihnk this team can make a good run in the playoffs maybe not win the cup but should be a good team to contend.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Federko said...

The B's can do without Schafer so if they can find a taker (even for a draft pick) before the deadline then keep the Krecji-Pelletier-Sabotka line together. That line has played with a ton of energy and will break thru eventually. Murray cannot stay healthy so as much as I like his scoring ability he is getting old and has to go. Same for him.. get what you can at the deadline.

Then, in the off season, go for the big free agent super-forward.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous jeff said...

murray for satan?cheechoo?rolston?demitra? only one who isnt an ufa at the end at the season is cheechoo maybe add a late pick. cheechoo needs a new home. We have alot of prospects soo i unless we coudlnt get any thing for murray then go for a pick or prospect but id go for someone with the same cap hit or just about.Just wish someone would take fernandez in the offseason.

1:45 PM  
Anonymous big-e said...

Wow, Murray for Rolston would be really nice. He's the only one of the four you mentioned that is a good two way forward, that will fit in well with Julien's system. I would even spice up the deal and say Murray and Schaffer for Rolston. The Wild might not want to baragin with Murray in case of injuries, so Schaffer is a good fit - a defenceman playing up front. Satan is nice, but don't like his two way game. Cheechoo is an overpaid chump. He can just sit in the slot and try to wire them home - not worth much in my eyes. Demitra is intriguing, don't know too much about him. Will be a few interesting weeks. What about letting go of Ference? You hardly notice him on the ice.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget about Hossa. Bruins fans are dreaming in HD Technicolor if they think that the Bruins can land Hossa. There's no way and i mean no way that the Bruins can do so unless a third team is involve. The Bruins have also cap issues.

Murray? The Bruins are stuck with him because he's always injuried and when he's not, he's not producing anything on the ice. Forget about a trade involving Murray or Fernandez; it won't happend. These kind of rumours are E-Klown-esque at the very best.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous jeff said...

well good for you anonymous

8:50 PM  
Anonymous xpunkrockelvisx said...

Murray for Rolston? Sure, it would be nice, but Rolston is worth probably double the value of Murray. If I was Minnesota, I wouldn't trade Rolston, period, let alone for an aging shooter that is losing his scoring touch. Murray is playing his best hockey in years right now when he is healthy. He wants to be a Bruin for the rest of his career, and he's showing it. I'm not saying that I wouldn't trade him, but I am saying that unless it is a playoff contender looking to add scoring touch, the chances of getting anything other that garbage for Murray at this point in his career are slim-to-none.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous jeff said...

i doubt they will let him go but i just want them too

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, definitely trade all of the underachievers and guys who have had terrible years for high value impact players. I mean any GM would definitely go for an over the hill, often injured Glen Murray. Murray for
Rolston or Cheechoo? Keep Dreaming guys. Honestly.

11:33 PM  
Anonymous jeff said...

Can we dream dude? we obviously are just talking and shit. Didnt know it was wrong to throw out some ideas for trades and shit we obviously arent the GM soo go back to your moms basement

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

I still like the Schaffer deal, having all of this cap space means nothing. Why would you want donovan and the money back instead of a few more scoring points? I agree he isn't worth the money but it was a good trade

11:03 AM  
Blogger Magnum said...

Thomas looked good today (and tried to score a goal, haha), and Savard walked away with the game winner. How ironic that he scored it, seeing as he was originally not selected for the game.

12:48 AM  
Blogger Federko said...

So... Chara is buddies with Hossa and apparently had a "brief" conversation with him about playing in Boston.. and Thomas played with Campbell in Finland and also had a "conversation" .... two very interesting UFA's that would look quite nicely in Boston sweaters. I know the Bs would have to clear some cap space first but just the thought of them here is intriguing.

It was nice to see Savard get the game winner yesterday and "piss" on the classless booing fans in Atlanta. Screw them... I can see why he wanted to leave now.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous big-e said...

I love the recnt rumours saying that the Bruins might be interested in Brad Stuart (yes him again). Seeing how we gave up Joe Thornton first time around, I think Chia might think Bergeron & Savard for Stuart. HAHA just kidding! Then again, since MOC is on the other side, why not Stuart, Cammalieri and Blake for Murray? HAHAHA! Sometimes people talk and that has a big swing on players' signing. We all remember Cam calling Chara and calling Savard. Campbell is fast, would look good in black & gold. Hossa too. But I do not want to bet the farm. The rest of the season is going to be amazing! Let's beat Nashville! And I say Schaffer gets traded.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous jeff said...

that is awesome i didnt know thomas n chara had themselves a conversation with them but that would be great to add those two long term. prob would have to give up alot but let hossa play for a contender and hope for the best in the FA market. clear the cap space for them. Lets hope for the best.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Trade Kessel Now Org said...

To everyone who posts about how we have to wait for Kessel. Pay attention to him on the ice and on the bench. He is simply not involved. I know the guy is light and not a hitter, but he barely seems interested. I know he has short bouts of enthusiasm. But he is in his second year! He should be ecstatic! Trade him, trade him now. ....

1:14 AM  

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