Re: Let's all back off the Bruins
posted at 12/14/2010 4:12 AM EST
In Response to Let's all back off the Bruins
[QUOTE]We're a little too harsh on this group. The cast has changed 25%. A look at the standings doesn't look bad, it could be better - but still not bad. If they are where they are without playing up to their potential, all should be great when they do. We all agree that the capacity for improvement is there, if it wasn't we would be in trouble. Let's back off. Nothing will happen until the third week of January, when teams realize where they are and what they have to do. Rosters will solidfy, and mid-season form will kick in. Then we'll be able to rant and rave with every right.
Posted by Wheatskins[/QUOTE]
Agree with the general tone of your post, wheats, but also agree w/biggskye that this forum shouldn't be just a rah-rah for the B's no matter how they're playing...for me, and I suspect for a lot of long-time (read: suffering) Bruins fans, there's still the highest level of demand/expectation to win a Cup....if not from the actual team on the ice, then from the mgt. and ownership that put them there.
what I mean to say is that the Bruins are in a very tough spot: the Stanley Cup might be the toughest title to win in all of sports given the chaotic nature of the game (one bad bounce can mean the diff. between an OT win and a heartbreaking loss) and the parity in the league w/the cap is evident...but at the same time the B's are sticking out like sore thumbs as the only Boston franchise NOT to have come thru for their fans since...well, you know when.
This team right now, as I've said ad nauseum, aint good enough to win it all this year....I'm willing to wait to see what moves can be made to change that and you can hardly blame PC, CJ, and yes, even JJ for the fact that Ovechkin plays in Wash., Crosby in Pitt., etc....yet, there is room for improvement--as you pointed out, w/cap space possibilities in the next few weeks (and PC MUST step up here), and even in watching how Juien handles the corps he does have. I think many of us are justifiably concerned that maybe his style--while sound defensively--is hampering some progress on the offensive front, and while I'm not normally a fan of a revolving coaching door, I don't think it's outrageous in this instance to suggest that if the Bruins keep hovering around a 7 or 8 seed and are waiting to be chum for an opening round loss to the conference leaders, maybe a more dynamic coach is needed.
I'm not saying that's positively the case, only making the argument that watching Savard's progress carefully, seeing whether certain players (Ryder, Wheeler) are really worth keeping, and gauging how the club is faring under a coach who seems to have little in the way of surprise or change, is fair game for comment as we head into '11.
as always, Go Bruins!