Re: are you effin serious chiarelli?
posted at 3/30/2010 9:21 AM EDT
In Response to Re: are you effin serious chiarelli?
little bit too harsh, I think some of the dead weight will be cut (ryder and thomas) believe it or not, I'm predicting a bounce back year for Wideman, I feel that he will be called on for fewer minutes and do well (hes been getting better over the lats 15 games) i think wheeler lucic and krejci will show improvement, as will Bergeron, and should the injury bug leave the Bs should be okay. The draft will be critical, as will the infusion of a few young players on entry level deals.
Posted by pbergeron37
Seems a little too optomistic to me....I think some of those things could happen, but expecting all of them to come true is a pipe dream.
The biggest is the Ryder/Thomas situation. Neither of those guys are producing anywhere close to their contracts, and both of them are at an age where their play is more likely to drop off than improve. How do you propose that the Bruins get out from under those contracts (without coming up with a ludicrous trade scenario that deals Ryder and Thomas straight up for a young, quality player)?
Some things I agree with. I think Dennis Wideman NEEDS a summer off where he can just go and forget about hockey for a while. More than anything, I think his confidence is shot and he just needs this nightmare season to end. I do expect he'll be better next year, as long as his 2010-2011 season doesn't start poorly. Wheeler, Lucic and Krejci all will likely improve (although I think many B's fans expect too much from Lucic) and all will be quality contributors to various degrees. I doubt we see much more from Bergeron: he's a very good player, but I think he's maxed out as far as what he brings at the NHL level is concerned.
The young players will be critical to the Bruins future. The reality is that Boston really hasn't done well mining guys in their draft: in the last 7-8 years, only Krecji, Bergeron and Lucic are contributing players that the B's selected (the jury is of course still out on players like Marchand, etc, who were drafted in the last couple od seasons). The Bruins will have to reverse that trend, because young, inexpensive players may be the difference between the Bruins being a mid-tier Eastern Conference team (3-10) or a top contender over the next couple of seasons. If they can get some of the young guys to pan out, the team could be very, very good.