Re: BRUINS ARE GOOD BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH
posted at 1/22/2011 9:52 AM EST
In Response to BRUINS ARE GOOD BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH
[QUOTE]A lot of people get frustrated about the negativity that is spouted by many of the Bruin fans on this site. Their argument is how can people complain because the Bruins are 1st in their division and within 3 points of Pittsburgh for 2nd overall in their Conference. They have Tim Thomas who has been as good as any goalie this year and a great back-up in Rask. They have a solid defense corps led by Zdeno Chara and 4 good lines. This is all true and I agree there is a lot to be positive about the current addition of the Bruins. The problem for many of us is who remember (just barely) their last Stanley Cup, is that we are tired of solid teams that have no chance of winning the Cup. Yes only 1 team out of 30 wins the Cup, so you can`t say it is Stanley Cup or bust, but it would be nice to be a legitimate contender and this team is not. Decent Boston teams that never get past the 2nd round are a constant and a constant that is very frustrating. They have a Coach who may have a good system but who has no answers when they face adversity. They have a team that does not have enough fortitude and perserverence when the going gets tough like last year against Philly and even the year before against Carolina. On paper they seem to have decent grit but they often bring a listless game to the ice. They don`t score quite enough when the play-offs come around and don`t play tight enough defense when the chips are down. If they are going to have a chance to really compete they need to add a couple pieces that will help create more offense and add more grit. Can they really afford to keep both Krejci and Savard and can they afford not to develop a potential future star like Seguin because they have a Coach who has no imagination. Bottom line if we compare them to Toronto or NYI or Florida we can be happy about the Bruins year, but there have been 14 or 15 of the 30 teams that have won the Cup since the Bruins last won and I for one am sick of having a whole bunch of okay years with nothing to show for it. The goal should be to pull out all the stops to win a Cup in the next 3-4 years while Chara is still at the top of his game. I will take a Stanley Cup and then some down years over consistent mediocrity. For those of you that accept this continuous mediocrity that is up to you but don`t get on us because we want more from this team and this organization. Look at the other Boston sports teams and they are run the way you need to run your team. They may not win every year but they have won and they are a legitimate threat to win every year and they are not happy with mediocrity. The Bruins do not bring that attitude to the ice and that is the problem.
Posted by huntbri[/QUOTE]
You need to get in touch with today's NHL.
Tell me, are the Penguins good enough?
Quick, tell me,
how many more wins do the Pens have over the Bruins?
How many do the Bruins have over the Leafs??
The Pens have only 3 more wins than the Bruins.
The Bruins have 7 more wins than the Leafs.
The salary cap plus the design of the powers that be have structured this league so that there is absolute parity.
Anybody can beat anybody else on any given night.
Anyone making the playoffs have a chance.
True, the law of averages favor the most winning records and the Flyers will beat the Devils just about every time, but look at where the Flyers finished last year. Compare the Devils last year to this, how do you go from a legit shot at a cup, add Kovalchuk and then be the very worst team in the NHL by a mile the next season?
They are absolutely 100% a Cup contender. Not that I would bet on them to win it. I'm not saying that they are certain to win it, but with the parity being what it is in the league, just making the playoffs gives you a shot, tho not a good one. Top 4 from each conference have a chance. One of the top 2 from each conference *should* meet in the conference final, but that has frequently not happened as well.
They have some good young players and good young prospects and a top 5 pick most likely coming, they have a chance this year, their chances will get better in the coming years.