Re: Just water cooler talk !
posted at 11/8/2013 12:23 PM EST
Gossip and innuendo!!
Making trades for the sake of making trades is why the Flyers su-k like the mother of all Shop-Vacs. If you could have harnessed it, you could have vacuumed New Orleans post-Katrina and the place would have been desert dry in a few days.
Here's what I think is the bigger question. In the last few years, the Bruins have added a number of players who have taken a very long time to acclimate to the way this team plays. Acclimate, in this case, means find a way to bring their whole game to the table in Julien's system. Not easy to do if you're, say, Jagr and used to having considerable flexibility to freelance. Kelly and Peverley struggled mightily after being acquired only to turn it around for the playoffs. Kaberle not so much. Jagr not so much. Rolston may have been the most successful in-season acquisition in terms of individual contributions, but then I believe he had played for Julien in the past. No, wait - Recchi was the best with his 10 goals in what, 14 games? This year, Iginla was slow to get going and I would argue that he's still not where you want him to be. Ditto Eriksson, and both of them started the year with the team. Hamilton hasn't looked comfortable until the last few weeks. Seidenberg didn't look like the team's second best defenseman on arrival. Joe Corvo was a disaster (dumb as a sack of hammers, that guy).
In other words, trades are almost never plug and play. That was, in part, the lesson of Kevin Stevens (the other part: cocaine's a he-- of a drug...). Different system, different teammates, different responsibilities, different culture, different pressures, living in a different city.... Yeah, they're pros and should su-- it up and perform, but that doesn't always work for even the best players. Think Larry Murphy in Toronto. The point is, all of this e-harmony stuff never takes that into account - it's all fantasy and the expectation that none of that stuff matters - unless it suggests the player will actually be better in Boston because the Bruins are a better/moretalented team.
Trades can help, but they aren't bandaids. This team has made most of its better trades with the expectation of a long term interest in the player, not with the idea that you'll plug him in as a replacement for the third leading scorer on the team, push Smith down, and voila you get better.