Re: Savard Not Bruins' Best Offensive Player
posted at 5/16/2010 11:07 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Savard Not Bruins' Best Offensive Player
In Response to Re: Savard Not Bruins' Best Offensive Player : Ok, so let me refrase it...his ineptness in general. How do you trade away a player like PK (not saying that he didn't need to go) and then not replace him with something...
Posted by dbg1
If anyone saw this scoring drought coming, I'd like to know about it.
Did you know that Bruins had more 20-goal scorers last year than any club in the NHL? And that was without Sturm, a consistent 25+ goal scorer. Ryder was a guy who had twice scored 30+ goals. For whatever reason (and injuries had something to do with it; Savard broke his foot in training camp, and Krejci's ineffectiveness through the first half of the season undoubtedly hampered his linemates), the entire team (don't forget Chara and Wideman, whose production also dropped) went into a season-long slump.
As for making a trade at the deadline, what do you do when every time you pick up the phone you undoubtedly hear two things: "Toronto's pick," or "Tuukka Rask"? Or maybe "David Krejci" or "Joe Colborne"? I can guarantee you nobody was saying "Michael Ryder." Would you have dealt Krejci, Colborne, a first-round pick, and Mark Stuart, for example, for Ilya Kovlachuk? That's roughly comparable to the package New Jersey gave up, and look where it got them.
Chiarelli isn't perfect, no GM is, but I don't really see where he had many options. IMHO Seidenberg was a tremendous pickup, and if Krejci had stayed healthy, I'd bet he and Satan would still be making sweet music in the offensive zone. But there are things that are beyond a GM's power to fix.