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Johnny Mac said:Finally! Thank God.
Well, for one thing, I think a lot of the play can be blamed on Sullivan. He's not a good coach.JoeSixPat said:I don't really follow the Bruins or care about hockey, but it seems like an overdue move to me.
I mean, you can't blame the coach for the way players play, but it seems like they've been getting squat from Thorton and Samsonov this season.
Johnny Mac said:Well, for one thing, I think a lot of the play can be blamed on Sullivan. He's not a good coach.
As for the players, Sammy has some injury problems, but only his assists numbers were really down from his career numbers. And a lot of that has to do with him playing on some pretty crappy lines.
Thornton was putting up well over a point a game. People love to look at what he didn't do, rather than what he did. He probably should've scored more goals, and been more aggressive, but for so much of the season Sullivan ran his ridiculous dump-and-chase, no-contact play, and almost never had players crash the net, a style which other teams were taking advantage of in the new NHL.
And yes, this was way overdue. MOC got completely fleeced on the Samsonov deal, and we should've gotten more for Joe. I mean, he only has 100 points this season. :bricks:
Johnny Mac said:I'd say scouting and drafting is the organization's only strong point (and it's very strong). Bergeron, Boyes, Hannu, Mark Stuart, Jurcina, Alberts. There's a lot of hope in Karsums and Kalus. It's in adding talent trough free agency and trades that they've failed, miserably. (Yes, Boyes was acquired in a trade, but he was still a prospect).
JJ has shown he's willing to spend to the cap. You just need the right players.