Re: UNACCEPTABLE !
posted at 11/4/2013 10:43 AM EST
In response to JWensink's comment:
OK, here's the deal people.
CJ has a two finals appearances in three years and a Stanley Cup on his resume. So, he now gets a very wide berth to dock his system and beliefs in. And, as much as I dislike his style and his perceived shortcomings - it is what it is. So what does that mean? How does that apply to this subject ?
You will have to accept that there will be a lot of times just like this. There will be disturbing patterns of team and individual play that will precipitate threads like this making fans vent their frustrations with what should be obvious to everyone. Then, this board will splinter into two groups. I used to believe that one group was right, and the other was pathetic. I now have come to the conclusion that they're both wrong. It is just the way it will be with a CJ coached team, and due to his recent success - everyone will just have to deal with it, cause it will never change.
Sitting back on their heels while the opponent is attacking, unemotional, nobody finishing checks, we send one halfway in on a fore check- they send an all out blitz, Waiting in the neutral zone to create offense, after getting their azzes kicked for 2 periods abandon the conservative play and go for it, line combos, handling young offensive talent - I could go on and on.
Here's the thing, it's all true.
Here's the other thing - 2 finals in 3 yrs, and a cup.
Frustration, even for excellent reasons, doesn't mix too well with positive end results.
Both sides are either right or wrong depending on how you look at it. That shouldn't give anyone the right to question someones level of support for this team though.
I think the bottom line is that, for any of us who have followed this team for a long time (everyone here?), you can't possibly argue that the past three years haven't been better than several decades of Bruins hockey that preceded it. I've said this many times, but during the Dave Lewis tenure I was as bitter as anyone here.
But we have had arguably the best team in the league for three years, without having to endure a rebuild. The team looks strong for the foreseeable future. They're in a good cap position. They're winning so far this year, pretty or not. They have players that are fun to watch and root for. I just can't understand coming unglued right now, after a couple loses. I feel spoiled as a sports fan in general, and I've never felt that way before.
Some of the complaints about Julien listed above, seem to assume that changes could still be made to make things better. I think that's a doubtful argument. If Julien changes his style, things might get better and they might get worse. Be careful about asking for change in a time of success. If Julien starts making lineup changes based on short-term trends or demanding more aggressive play in every mid-season game, you might very well find that something else suffers. I think there is probably a method to his madness, where even things that don't seem perfect to us are done for a reason.
Being slow to make adjustments always seems like the most valid criticism of Julien to me. Drove me nuts pre-2011. But I think that he has gotten much better with that and you really can't argue with the results.
Asking them to keep winning, but do it even better, seems unrealistic. I'll question some Julien moves this season for sure, but I won't be calling for changes after a lackluster loss to the Islanders in November. I won't be blasting management because Phil Kessel has two goals against Edmonton some night. What happens in May and June trumps that for me. When the Bruins miss the playoffs or get blown out in the first round, you watch, all of the 'regulars' here will be complaining. It will make sense to.