Re: Cunningham recalled from Providence
posted at 12/17/2013 8:07 AM EST
Yep, that's where I went, too. The RWs on the top two lines, the two high-profile acquisitions from the summer, are both out for the next game, one of them for an indefinite period; the third line C has a busted leg, they're playing three rookies on D every night, but the real shame is that two thirds of the fourth line are out.
Seriously, though - the Bruins are absolutely gutted right now. If Iginla is out, then outside of Bergeron, Krejci, Lucic, Marchand and Campbell up front, the 7 other Bruin forwards will have a grand total of 249 games between them in the NHL (Marchand, the shortest tenured NHL forward in the first group, has played 251) - that's an average of just under 36 games a piece. If you take away the 104 games Sweethands Johnson has played as a journeyman rather than a prospect (77 in one season with the Wild), it's 145 games, or an average of just over 24 games per player for the other six. Dump the 85 games from Caron - the only other large chunk - and you're down to 60 games spread over 5 players. 12 games experience per player. You'd get about the same number for half the D corps, with Hamilton, Barkowski, Krug and Miller adding up to 65 games of (regular season) experience or just over 16 games per guy. The only time I can think of a team that came as close to a championship as the Bruins were last year turning around and icing a team with so little experience the next year, the Florida Marlins were holding a fire sale.
It is mind-boggling that they are still second in the East, first in the Atlantic, with two games in hand on the Penguins for first in the conference and the second best ROW total in the entire league - as good as Chicago's and Anaheim's and one behind the Pingu.
And we're getting that thing everyone seems to want every year - a chance to see the kids get a real chance to play. Granted, they aren't getting 14-15 minutes a night right now, but still. They're getting exposure. They're seeing how this team wins during adversity. Production will come from one or more of them in time.