Re: DIE HARD FED UP
posted at 10/13/2009 12:14 PM EDT
In Response to Re: DIE HARD FED UP
[QUOTE]This is not about Kessel. This is about a team that's simply not as good as was advertised (my October 5 issue of SI has the Bruins going to the Finals and losing to Chicago....the last time SI picked the Bruins to go to the Finals --and win--they didn't even make the playoffs, so there's a kiss of death right there). More than Kess it's little things like missing PJ's contributions, and most of all--not upgrading in any significant way from last year's team. Can they turn this around? Yeah. I don't think they're a non-playoff team (tho' they're playing like it right now), but I'm telling you--without a SERIOUS big time trade using those draft picks for an elite sniper to play w/Savvy, these guys are a 2nd round KO again.
Posted by TryToBearIt[/QUOTE]
That's why I'm not fully disagreeing with you. Like I was saying even if Kessel was a still a Bruin and playing the situation would not be any different.
Here's my comments when fans compare Bruins this year and Pens of last:
I made a couple of comparisons to Pens of last year but the talent of Corsby/Malkin the Bruins don't come close. Those are top 3 players in the NHL for years to come.
On the otherhand the Bruins are built differently. They don't rely on 2 super stars but play a team game . Team game that this season is not working.
Also the Pens did not go to the final
with thesame team that started in 10th
at the beginning of the season. Management saw they needed to make change
and when those changes were made (after
at least 35 games
) then they went on fire and to cup final.
It's too soon for Bruins to punch the panic button BUT they need to work on a lot of things.
1- Their powerplay is unacceptable
. Not only can it not score but they've already gotten more short handed goals against than the whole season last year.
Last year they were deadly on the PP and teams were on their heels and that helped the Bruins 5 on 5 . Last year Kessel was a threat, Wheeler and Ryder.
The latter two MUST pick it up or any argument that Bruins replace Kessel is out the window,
2- Penalty killers.
Begin might replace Yelle but he is not as good on faceoffs as Yelle was and that's one of the most important issues on the PK. In your zone if you win the faceoff it's out of your zone.
Then there's PJ , was he amazing or what ??? where are all the PJ haters now !
3- Just these two first points and any team will lose.
4- Because these two first points are not working the Bruins must play a team game
and move up the ice together and come back together. Clog the centre ice. Yes it's called boring hockey.
They need their confidence back piece by piece.