Re: Lets take a step back
posted at 2/17/2011 7:05 PM EST
In Response to Lets take a step back
[QUOTE]I've read an awful lot of PC bashing the past few days, so, lets assume all the rumors are true. Stuart to CHI for a pick, Wheeler and a 3rd rounder to TOR for Kaberle. Coming in: Kaberle, Kelly, pick going out: Stuart, Wheeler, 2nd round pick, 3rd round pick (which turns into a 2nd if kaberle re-signs). This REALLY improves our team without giving up much. We don't give up any of our big name prospects, we keep our best 2nd round pick most likely, we keep both our first round picks. We keep Kampfer, and give up a d-man who was a healthy scratch 8 games in a row. We get a guy who equals Wheelers production (actually a bit better) but adds an element of speed and a great 2-way game. The Bruins add a PMD and PP QB in Kaberle, something they desperately need, with a net loss of one pick. If this happens, hats off to PC on quietly improving the team while protecting his better assets.
Posted by pbergeron37[/QUOTE]
That's fine, and I agree w/your assessment if this is what comes to pass (and it seems likely)...BUT will you AT LEAST admit that these moves will NOT result in a Stanley Cup this year--and are more likely to mean yet another 2nd round playoff ouster?
Kaberle and Kelly are NOT game-changers. They will NOT put fear into the Flyers, TB, Habs, Caps or even the NYR--all teams the Bruins would have trouble defeating in a 7-game series.
The Bruins' loss of Savard--or the Savard he was starting to become (i.e. his old self) is not addressed or substituted by adding Kelly. And while Kaberle upgrades the offensive capabilities on the blue line, he's no Mike Green or Chris Pronger or Dustin Byfulien or Nick Lidstrom or Doughty or Seabrook or on and on and on.
He's a 30-something year old guy who can QB a PP better than anyone the B's have now BUT is not going to suddenly change the B's PP into a powerhouse....those issues go well beyond a PMD.
Look: Long=term, the scenario you laid out is hard to argue with. You're right that in giving up Wheeler the B's give up NOTHING. He's utterly worthless and anything we can get back for him is gravy. As long as we don't give up the Toronto pick for Kaberle, fine. And since Stuart is a stay at home Dman and we have more than enough of those, it doesn;t really hurt either to send him off for a draft pick.
But for the love of Orr PLEASE don't tell me that if by 2/28 the Bruins have added Kaberle and Kelly and a future draft pick that it will do anything to help the team in this year's post-season....b/c that's just delusional.
Unless we snag Brad Richards (and HIM I would give up the Toronto pick for in a second) then the B's are 2nd round dog meat yet again.