posted at 11/8/2013 12:42 PM EST
In response to Chappy28's comment:
In response to NeelyOrrBourque's comment:
Boychuk is tough? All I can remember from him is the time Ryan White gave him the rented mule treatment.
I think Boychuk's game has come around a lot compared to when he's started. I also think he may not be the greatest pugilist, but he takes & plays thru a lot of abuse. Is he McQuaid tough? No. Not many are, but I'm glad JB is a Bruin.
Evey time I see Boychuck line somebody up like he did in the Stars game (and does in the playoffs regularly) I am thankful that he is on our team. The guy is a gamer, and the hardest hitter on the Bruins.
I like our new, young, offensively inclined guys, but at the same time we need to have some more conservative bruisers to balance that out. To dump McQuaid or Boychuck in favor of a Bartkowski in my opinion would be a mistake. They are cost effective defenders that add to our overall team toughness and defensive mindset. Hate to say it, but I'd rather see an aging Seidenberg get traded before either of our young bruisers. I think Boychuck could take on Seid's role in the lineup.
Got to have a big defensive minded D-man to pair with our offensive guys. I say Bart or Seids is trade bait, or just keep them all for good depth when the inevitable injury comes.
Let's first all agree to ignore stanleys idea of trading a 3rd pairing d man, a bust of a prospect, and a decent prospect for a number one overall pick AND a 2nd rounder and move on.
I flatly disagree with most of this. First, I don't think Boychuk is cost effective, much the opposite. He is the second highest paid d man on the team. While his numbers indicate otherwise, mostly because he's played with Chara so much, I do not think Boychuk is good defensively. His big hits are fun, but they remind me of dion phaneuf in a way. He leaves his lane to go for the big hit, and although its a bone cruncher, it leads to bad things happening in his own end. Also, I think he is a below average decision maker with the puck, something he has gotten better at, but not enough better to make me want to keep him around. If he were good offensively, things would be different. Then he would be a second pairing offensive defensemen who's OK in his own end. career high 16 points. What is Johnny Boychuk? IMO he should be trade bait in the off season.