Re: Window Closing?
posted at 9/26/2013 3:21 PM EDT
I think there is some possible merit to this argument, based on two of the basic points they mention.
First, Chara is getting older and I think people will be shocked by a blueline without Chara someday. He is such a force, plays so many minutes, does so many things well, is a leader, etc. etc. Things will be harder without him. A lot harder.
Secondly, the point about Seguin is valid too. He was supposed to be the next star and is still barely old enough to drink (ahh the irony). I think the trade was good and I like what they got back a lot, but none of the pieces were a 21-yr. old franchise star. That ship sailed.
However, I think the Bruins are in just as good position as anyone else to be a Cup contender in 3 years or 5 years. The Vezina caliber goalie is young, consistent, and locked up long term (uhhh, shupe, there was an explosion at the old well, get over there!).
And who's to say there aren't any young stars in the pipeline now? Bergeron, Marchand, Lucic, and Krejci didn't come in heralded as stars or blue chip draft picks. They developed. Who says Spooner or Smith or Koko or Camara or Morrow won't develop that way. Hamilton certainly has the pedigree. Eriksson is an all-star already and is young.
Most importantly, Chiarelli has never had the look of a boom and bust GM. He's always rebuilding. It doesn't have to be a closing window when Chara is done. Think revolving door...