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Discussion in 'Boston Bruins Fan Talk' started by Rhodey, May 7, 2016.

  1. Deus Irae

    Deus Irae PatsFans.com Retired Jersey Club PatsFans.com Supporter

    I think we're seeing what we're going to see, at least until the trade deadline. Miller/Miller will be pair #3, and Colin will see his minutes fluctuate based upon the opponent and situation. I think it's just the reality of the current defensive personnel. It makes sense as the team transitions into next year, absent a trade, and assuming the next pup decides to sign (list not in any order):

    Chara
    Carlo
    Krug
    C. Miller
    McAvoy
    Miller/McQuaid/Other
     
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  2. captain stone

    captain stone Pro Bowl Player

    I'd add Midget Matt Grzelcyk to that list, but I shudder to think of a Defence group that includes both him & Krug on the left side.
     
  3. Deus Irae

    Deus Irae PatsFans.com Retired Jersey Club PatsFans.com Supporter

    Congrats to Tuuka, who finally made a legit non-positional save. We need to see more of that.
     
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  4. captain stone

    captain stone Pro Bowl Player

    I'm ok with the Bs' minimal activity yesterday. They almost always get the worse of the deal, and the cost of acquiring what was really needed to make them worthy of being taken seriously (a legit #3 LH Dman, who can climb up to #2 at least temporarily; a scoring RW to complete the top 9; and a legit #2 Goaltender to give Rask much-needed rest before the POs) was probably too prohibitive.

    I'd give Stafford a shot with the outstanding Bergeron-Marchand line; I could then keep the Double-Czech line together with Cehlarik, and give a combination of Vatrano-Spooner-Backes a long look. Vatrano is the young shooter, Spooner the young passer, and Backes the playoff-experienced vet to cover the kids' physical and defensive lapses. Backes is also capable of taking defensive-zone FOs if Butch doesn't trust Spooner to get the job done.

    The 4th line, with Moore at Centre, should now be an open competition at both LW (Beleskey & Schaller) and RW (Hayes & Nash). I'm not sure how much PK time Beleskey has seen, so Schaller might have the advantage there, although Beleskey, when healthy, stands the better chance of providing more consistent point production. Regarding RW, I wouldn't give you a nickel for both of them, combined; whichever of them is playing less sucky, then sit down the other one…or sit both and try an all-lefty line of Beleskey-Moore-Schaller.
     
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  5. captain stone

    captain stone Pro Bowl Player

    Nice debut by Stafford; he assisted on the game-winner by Spooner, and should've had a PP goal in the 2nd period, but it was stolen by either the head zebra or by the idiots in Toronto. That was one of the worst reversals
    I have ever seen. Goaltender interference my a$$.
     
  6. captain stone

    captain stone Pro Bowl Player

    The Bs' PO chances are now realistically over, thanks to the awful goal that Tuuka They Should've Kept Martin Jones Instead of Rask allowed almost immediately.

    Edit: I just read on Rotoworld that Spooner suffered a concussion during the 3rd period and is out indefinitely, meaning until he passes the protocol.
    Double suck.
     
  7. captain stone

    captain stone Pro Bowl Player

    All that good feeling the Bs had built came to a screetching halt last night
    in Edmonton, thanks to the absolutely putrid goaltending from Rask and Khoudobin. Even lazy Lucic scored an undeserved goal. Feck the ChiaPet forever for killing this franchise just to luck into a situation tailor-made for success for whoever was hired to be the Oilers' GM.

    I hope that Matt Beleskey will be OK. That was a nice goal he had vs Calgary, so of course he get hit on the head (hopefully not directly on the ear) the very next game.
     
  8. captain insano

    captain insano In the Starting Line-Up

    the annual bruins chokeathon is on. get your popcorn.
     
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  9. Actual Pats Fan

    Actual Pats Fan PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Whatever infects this team is doing it on a consistent basis. This time of year, the spring, is when hockey teams gear up and hunker down for the most crucial games of their lives, when they're playing their best in pursuit of a shot at the Cup...

    ...and the Bruins do the exact opposite. There is an astounding lack of leadership, focus, determination and fight. The team is wandering around aimlessly.

    Management should find and acquire grinding, experienced, hungry, character guys to go along with the talent they already have...three and four years ago, they got rid of several without ever replacing them. Success is no accident, and neither is failure.
     
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  10. captain stone

    captain stone Pro Bowl Player

    Management should also find and acquire non-choke-artist goaltending, Sunday's win vs the below-average Islanders notwithstanding.
     
  11. Actual Pats Fan

    Actual Pats Fan PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    I have to say, I always liked Tuukka. We stole him from the Leafs, and he's been mostly great, with a couple of playoff runs ('10, '13) which came up just short. He's only 30 and I think has at least another couple in him. There's no substitute for experience.

    He'd be very tough to replace at this point; and the team should focus on making the improvements we mentioned above.

    Let's see what happens tonight...
     
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  12. meatface

    meatface In the Starting Line-Up

    The Bruins defense isn't what it was when they won the cup and you shouldn't blame Rask for that decline. Bruins management just keeps putting out a worse team each year and expects their core guys to makeup the difference
     
  13. captain insano

    captain insano In the Starting Line-Up

    rask blows. he's david price in goalie pads. both soft as a sneaker full of puppy poo.
     
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  14. meatface

    meatface In the Starting Line-Up

    why do you say that?
     
  15. captain stone

    captain stone Pro Bowl Player

    To be fair, Rask has played well the past 2 games. He'll need to continue to play well if the Bs want to hang on to the 8 seed. As long as their only remaining loss is to the Blackhawks (because there's no way in hell they're beating them in Chicago), then they should be able to do it.

    And what's with Butch stratching Colin Miller in favor of that useless old turd Liles? I thought we were done with that stupid sh!t when the Clod was fired.
     
  16. Actual Pats Fan

    Actual Pats Fan PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    I dunno. We can't know everything that's going on over there.

    For me, I want the Cup. It's not impossible, and we do have the goaltending to get there. But are there enough tough guys and grinders to do it? I miss Boychuk.
     
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  17. captain insano

    captain insano In the Starting Line-Up

    just when i thought they were done. they pull me back in. huge win for the bruins and their playoff chances.
     
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  18. captain insano

    captain insano In the Starting Line-Up

    letting boychuk go was a huge mistake. Hopefully charlie mcAvoy is the next great bruins defensemen.
     
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  19. Actual Pats Fan

    Actual Pats Fan PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Yeah, it's been a positive environment with Butch. First order of business is to clinch a spot.

    Then, keep our big guys healthy as best we can. We're going to need them.

    There's still a lot of leadership and experience in that locker room.

    And we're certainly not worn out from playing too many playoff games the last couple years!:)
     
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  20. captain insano

    captain insano In the Starting Line-Up

    that was an early start on a back to back on the rd against the best team in hockey. i need some playoff hockey bad. hopefully Rask doesn't get the shits when the team needs him most.
     
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