Re: Bruins "Cup" Half Empty or Half Full???
posted at 12/20/2010 10:32 AM EST
In Response to Re: Bruins "Cup" Half Empty or Half Full???
[QUOTE]TryToBearIt, I completely agree with you. This team needs a legitimate scoring threat and a big top 4 blueliner who can get the puck up into the center ice area to really create scoring chances. I'm also of the belief that the Bruins need a coaching change. Julien is a good coach, but he's the guy that can only get you so far. He's gotten the team to this level, and unless they get rid of him, they'll be stuck at this level until he's gone. My suggestions: To DAL: Marc Savard, Maxime Sauve, Tyler Randell, 1st in 2011 (TOR) To BOS: Brad Richards To SJS: Blake Wheeler, Rights to Alexander Fallstrom, 2nd in 2011 (BOS) To BOS: Devin Setoguchi To CAR: Mark Stuart, Andrew Bodnarchuk, 4th in 2011 (BOS) To BOS: Joni Pitkanen Cam: Claude, I hate to do this to you, but you're fired. *Picks up phone* Hey, Rob, I'd like to offer you the head coach position here in Boston. Don't worry, I've got your replacement lined up already. I'm sure you know who Ron Francis is. You guys probably know I'm a huge Savard supporter, and as much as I like him and like the chemistry he's got with Seguin (supposedly), I think it could be the right time to move him, especially if it's for a guy like Richards. The guy can flat out play. He had 67 assists last year (that's a hell of alot better than Savard could ever do), not to mention his 24 goals. San Jose is shopping around Setoguchi, and I'm sure a change of scenery could benefit him. He could play on the second line with Krejci, which could really help his game, and poassibly regain his status as a legitimate scoring threat. I'm sure not many of you guys know about Pitkanen. The guy's big. He's 6'3 and 213. Plus, he's on the right side of 30 (27 years old). He's a guy who can really get the puck out of the zone, and he's a great PP QB, the kind that's is typically in demand at every single trade deadline. His stats last year for Carolina were 6 G 40 A. We could definitely use a guy like that. My projected lineup under new head coach Rob Murray: Lucic - Richards - Horton Setoguchi - Krejci - Seguin Caron - Bergeron - Recchi/Marchand* Marchand/Recchi - Campbell - McGratton Thornton Chara - Boychuk Pitkanen - Seidenberg McQuaid - Kampfer Ference Thomas/Rask** Rask/Thomas * - If and when Recchi gets his legs back underneath him, he can have full time duties back. Until then, he splits time between third and fourth line with Marchand. ** - The obvious, Thomas and Rask split time based on who's hot and who's not.
Posted by beantowngm15[/QUOTE]
I have to say--as also a huge Savard supporter--I'm surprised to see you suggesting trading Savvy. Just remember that his sub-par play since coming back is b/c he's essentially going thru training camp right now at the very highest level. Give him more of a chance. As we move into March I really believe he will be back to his old self (barring injury, of course), and contributing mightily.
One area I fully agree with you on is the need for a coaching change--a move I've mentioned b4 I'm not usually in favor of b/c it's generally a smoke and mirrors move my mgt./ownership to distract from the fact they haven't put good enough team together.
But Claude's shortcomings are as you point out that he can only get a team like this so far: He excells in implementing a defensive box system but that style hampers an already offensively challenged team that needs in part to LEARN how to play more aggressively in the opposing end. It's sadly true that the personnel they have right now won't translate to success in that effort BUT it certainly can't hurt. (For example, giving Seguin more free reign and keeping him consistently w/Savard and giving him more time on the PP and especially in OT 4 on 4 situations to utilize his speed).
All i know for sure is that if they stick w/CJ and essentially the same squad they have now they're toast by round two and possibly round 1, and yes, a DNQ is not beyond the realm of possibility.
CJ arguably should have been let go after the Flyers debacle last year. I get that he's not a fire and brimstone type, a la Pat Burns or Mike Millbury, but if you can't get the boys charged up and focused enough and especially going for the jugular when up 3-0(and 3-0 in game 7), you need to step aside.
I don't have a bunch of trade scenario suggestions as you do, only that I would jettison as many of the following players as possible while they are playing "OK" to 'well" in order to get either prospects or roster-ready guys in return:
Wheeler/Ryder/Rechhi and especially Paille, who is just absolutely awful and I'm still ticked off that he got ice time over Seguin in that Buffalo loss. Idiot move by CJ there.
But let's keep Savard and give him time. As pointed out, a Brad Richards fat contract in return doesn't really help the B's via the cap...and I'd say the greater need is for a stud D-man who can score. Who? I dunno. That's why they pay PC the (relatively) big bucks.