Re: A Peak at Things to Come??? 5 Reasons Kessel will be sorely missed.
posted at 10/2/2009 10:59 AM EDT
In Response to Re: A Peak at Things to Come??? 5 Reasons Kessel will be sorely missed.
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: A Peak at Things to Come??? 5 Reasons Kessel will be sorely missed. : You're spot-on in this assessment, but don't expect any of the wishful "thinkers" here to look at your correct call objectively. I too listened w/disbelief at all the theories that missing a potential 40-goal scorer like Kessel won't matter b/c all the rest of the squad will just automatically play better and pick up the slack and score an extra 5-10 goals each. Utter nonsense. Also, the pollyannas never addressed the fact that the same teams the Bruins were about even with or worse than last year (Flyers, Devils, Caps, Pens,'Canes--and no, i'm not talking about the meaningless regular season point total, i'm talking general quality of the squads) have either upgraded their teams or come back just as strong this year--while all you can say about what's radically changed with the Bruins is that they lost their top goal scorer. The only chance they have at getting anywhere come playoff time is convincing a team like Atlanta to part w/a guy like Kovalchuk (or some other team w/an equally high impact sniper) for those high draft picks we got for Kessel. Otherwise get ready for another round 2 KO if not round 1.
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This has got to be one of the dumbest posts I have ever read in my life. The fact that you can say those team were equal to or better than the Bruins last season is absurd. "Overall quality of team" certainly can be judged by the Vezina, Norris and Adams trophy, as well as seven 20 goal scorers. An pretty much 75% percent of the top 15 Plus players in the NHL. Oh, and the lowest goal against in the league. That is a pretty quality team.
As far as got better or came back equally as strong we'll see. The Flyers improved grealty with Pronger but the Penguins lose Rob Scuderi their #1 shut down guy in the post season. Can Ron Neidermayer replace Gionta, Holik and Madden at by himself? And Washington did a nice job getting Knuble and Morrison, but still need to hope that Theodore and Varlamov can hold it down on goal. And Andrew Alberts and Aaron Ward do not equally replace Anton Bacbcuk and Denis Seidenberg.
I'm not saying the Bruins are the best team in the East but the fact of the matter there top three and the team to beat in the Northeast. If they can get Kovalchuk at the deadline great or Doan from Phoenix or another goal scorer from somewhere else awesome.
But to not think that guys like Wheeler (who slowed down because he was not use to the length of schedule coming out of college), Lucic and the Return of Sturm will increase goal production you're nuts. Throw in Morris from the point on the powerplay and Hunwick for a full season.
Also, remember what I said above "Lowest goals against in the league," You don't need to finish #2 in the league in goals behind Washington when you give over the least but quite a margin.
Typical fairweather bruins fans whining after one loss, they're be all over their stank after winning a few. Get a life.