Why didn’t the Bruins trade Tuukka at the trade deadline last week? Because they needed two net minders down the stretch right?
Well now they’re in trouble. Tuukka’s injury from Saturday has him sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks.
This really is a huge blow to the Bruins. We know that Tuukka wasn’t about to become the starter for the playoffs or anything, but we are all on the same page knowing that Timmy would need some rest.
Now Tuukka is basically done for the season and the B’s are turning to…Marty Turco?!?
Yeah, he’s been playing in Europe this season. Great.
So depending on Claude’s management you could have a gassed Timmy as the team heads into the post season. We’re really hoping that’s not the case but need to prepare ourselves for that possibility.
Here’s to praying Turco has enough gas to offer the team something. At least be as serviceable as Tuukka was expected to be down the stretch. Enough that the team isn’t getting blown out when he starts and can win the games he starts.
Chances are at the point you’re not catching the Rangers for the top seed. At the same time you don’t want to slip and end up on the other side of the seedings. You want to remain in the top three, you want to win your division, and of course you want as much home ice as possible in the playoffs.
Ugh, talk about the worst case scenario. Not good. Not good at all.
I’m going to start the week with an apology to my readers. This is primarily a Boston sports blog and should probably be skewed that way. It should probably reek of homerism with glasses that say the home teams can’t do wrong. That’s not my style. I’ve suffered through lean years with all these teams so my cynicism is pretty ingrained.
Which brings me to today’s column.
Instead of recapping the Bruins loss or the Celtics win (that I was rooting against) I’m going to chime in on something I tweeted about on Friday. That’s when I first heard the news that Carl Crawford had a set back on his surgically repaired wrist.
So as the headline asks, (are) you shocked?
You really shouldn’t be. The expectation coming into this season when you heard how late he had the surgery should have been June. But of course the spin machine on Yawkey Way wants to get butts in the seats and having one of their biggest free agent signings over the last three years on the DL hurts that.
So the spin machine had you believing that Crawford not only would be ready for spring training but also for the start of the season. They made sure you got pictures of him in the cage with new manager Bobby Valentine. They made sure you got to see him throwing. Basically feeding you enough so you’d expect him to be ready for the start of the season.
Then the set back report that came out Friday. Now Crawford is set to see a specialist on Monday. But it’s OK, if he’s green lit on Monday he’ll be back to hitting duties.
I don’t believe a word. ESPN is on the payroll, NESN is certainly on the payroll, and so is WEEI. The Sports Hub (Felger specifically) is where I can get the non-spin. They’re with me in saying June, and I’m sticking with it.
Heal up Crawford, see you in June.