Re: Is Eriksson a bust
posted at 11/14/2013 3:06 PM EST
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
There's a big question at the root of this - do you want the best players or the best team? Bruins have proven, and I would say Chicago and LA have proven, that the best team wins Cups. Sometimes, the best teams have the best players, and sometimes the teams with the best players get bogged down trying to "build around" their best players or keep those players at any cost to the point where they can't improve the team. Tampa Bay is an example of this, and if you look at the standings as of today, I think there's something to be said for cutting bait with "stars" like Lecavalier in order to get better across the organization. Crosby and Malkin are more talented "game breakers" than anyone on the Bruins, but the Bruins team throttled them into submission in four games. 0-0-0. Someone ought to call KPD and Joe Thornton to hold some official ceremony where this is no longer referred to as "the full Thornton" but maybe "the full Penguin"? What do you think the Hurricanes could do in terms of improving their overall prospects if they cut bait and made a deal involving Staal? How much more competitive would the Oilers be if they could upgrade 3 positions by dealing Hall or Eberle?
It's not enough for a player to be a great player. He has to be the right player. And with the Cap, being the "right" player means more than just scoring a lot of goals and points. I would not take Phil Kessel's new contract if I was another team's GM. He still feasts on weak teams to rack up his stats. 10 of his 19 points have come in 3 games including a four pointer against Edmonton. I could pull out my thesaurus and give you a whole boatload of adjectives describing how great Kessel is as a goalscorer, and that wouldn't change my overall opinion that the Bruins got better by trading him than they ever would have been if they kept him. The Cap means you don't default to keeping high end scorers until they get old and crappy. The Cap means you get the most you can out of them for what you have to pay them. Sometimes, that means making a deal and diversifying that value. That's the Seguin deal in a nutshell. That deal took a little off the top of the 2nd line RW (as I pointed out above, so far, the difference in terms of that position's performance is negligible, so whatever additional talent the Bruins were paying for with Seguin wasn't generating results) and put it into a significant upgrade on the 3rd line RW in Smith, plus an upgrade on the first line in Providence and restocking the top end of the D prospect pool.
The Bruins come at you in waves. They don't want to "break" the game. They want to play the game, because as long as they do it the way they can, they will impose their game on yours, come to your house, and, like Ron Swanson, eat all of your bacon and eggs. When this team is on, it's like a force of nature. And they've consistently eaten "gamebreakers" for breakfast.
This post ^ says it all.