Re: same old c#@p
posted at 1/4/2011 2:04 PM EST
In Response to Re: same old c#@p
[QUOTE]You could be right about the 2 camps thing Tryto, but I can't figure out why anyone, at this stage in the season, would be in either. Half of the season is used up, and the proof is in the pudding...this team doesn't need to play at the top of it's game to win. There have been very few games they've played to that level, yet, they only have 11 losses. Any team can, and will be beat on a given night. There is much, much more parity in the league than most assume on these threads. Does anyone realize whats involved in an "upgrade or 2" ? The first thing it means is getting a good player, at the expense of giving one up, coupled with the illusion that some GM is dumb enough to give us a better player than we're willing to part with
. That won't happen til some of the lower tier teams throw in the towel. Doing that in the first week of January is not good for ticket sales, and hockey is foremost...a business. Everybody wants an A class puckmover and a legitimate sniper, however, it's nuts to think that can be accomplished without moving some core pieces. Something may present itself toward the deadline, but mere addition without subtraction will carry a burden of some sort. Everyone here wants a cup, but it should be pointed out that 24 teams will be working on their tan by the end of round 2. Some will be very good. Who in their right mind would have picked Philly and Montreal to have the run they did last year? Who in their right mind would have even bet heavily on Philly making the playoffs? Who in their right mind would have bet heavily on Montreal taking out BOTH Washington and Pittsburgh? It's impossible to guarantee the top prize, and the duration of the drought has jack to do with anything moving forward....unfortunately. This team has 4 pretty decent lines, and that's because they have no offensive superstars eating up cap space. They just have pretty good balance. They absolutely can't play a run and gun style, because they don't have that offensive firepower, so they play strong team defense. They have to, and it's a reasonably good recipe for success in the post season. It's impossible to assemble a team to win the Stanley Cup. It's impossible to ensure a second round berth. If the planets allign properly, and the team is relatively healthy throughout the playoffs, this group could do it, so could 9 or 10 others. That's all you can build for. A deal or two could help, but it could also backfire.(see New Jersey) No...things aren't perfect. Far from it. At this point in the season though, I just can't understand how some seem to think things are so bad, and the relative ease in making things that much better.
Posted by stevegm[/QUOTE]
I can' argue with that, Steve....you're 100% right in saying you gotta give up something to get something...and it's not easy, especially when so many teams are at that level the Bruins are: Good, and with that just on the edge potential of perhaps being good enough to go very deep in the playoffs.
On the other hand, that's what PC is getting paid for, and the fact is for the past 3 years he's elected to take essentially the same team that started the year into the playoffs and the results (I refuse to argue bad bounces, what-if's, and non-Krejci wrist injuries to the contrary) have been KO's in rounds 1,2 and 2 respectively. I don't see it being any different this year, even tho' I ackowledge full well that it COULD turn out differently--as it did for the underdog Habs and Flyers last season.
I'm in no way giving up on this team. Love what they did on the current road trip...feel we haven't seen the best yet from Savvy, Seguin, and maybe even Ryder, but I also would not object if PC found a team w/a key piece (PMD, high-scoring winger) who's not going to the dance and is willing to deal--and gave up some combo of a Ryder, Wheeler, Paille, and/or Tor. draft pick to say "let's try to ramp things up this year and roll the dice for a change."
All those intangible/parity factors would still be in play, but I beleive the team might just response with extra life and determination to get to the next level.
A perfect example staring us now in the face is Tampa Bay getting Roloson. Now, obviously, the Bruins didn't need Rollie, but TB is a strong team that is at about the overall talent level of the Bs, but had one glaring weakness: goalie. Now they've undoubtedly addressed that need. Rollie may not be "the answer" for them but no one can argue they're not a much better team w/him now on the roster.
The Bruins also have needs--for a better blue liner to move/rush the puck and help score goals, and another sniper to really put a little more pressure on other teams and not have it be so tough to come back from deficits as it currently is. Now maybe both those needs can't realistically be dealt with by PC, but I think it's his job to make sure at least one of them is b4 the playoffs start.
If not--we'll have to wait and see what happens...I'll hope for the best, but will fully expect no better than a 2nd round bye-bye.