posted at 4/22/2013 12:59 PM EDT
Hockey is different than the other major sports, to the degree that any team that makes it to the dance has "a chance". How many times have we heard the comment, "The Stanley Cup is the hardest championship to win"? Claude's team has done that and won a Cup two years ago. Let this be abundantly clear, should the Bruins be, as currently constructed a Stanley Cup prohibitive favorite, year in year out? No. Are the Bruins SO stacked, that it's Stanley Cup or bust every year? No. I think there are a few teams that have more talent than the Bruins and they don't seem to have the "fire the coach" every year issues. To name a couple...
Chicago Blackhawks - More talent than the Bruins. Joel Quenneville has had a similar track record as Claude including 2 straight years of losses in the Conference Quarters... still the coach.
Detroit Redwings - Mike Babcock has coached the Wings for the past eight years. Won the Cup SIX years ago and for the past three years, smoked in the semi's, lost in the semi's, and last year SMOKED in the quarters.
Boston Bruins - (07-08) lost in game 7 quarters, (08-09) lost in game 7 of semis, (09-10), lost in game 7 of semis, (10-11) Stanley Cup, (11-12) lost in game 7 of the quarters. Stack's up pretty well IMO.
So why are the Bruins different again? Do we have such greater rosters than these teams that Claude's mismanagement has caused them to underperform?
Someone explain this to me, please.