Well to take a break from the Sox and Celtics let’s visit the other team that plays in the Garden. The Bruins basically brought back their entire Stanley Cup winning team only to see them get ousted in the first round of the playoffs. So there has to be some change, right?
What was my biggest criticism of Theo Epstein? His man crushes.
It seems that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has his own man crushes. To the point that he doesn’t want to shake up the roster too much. He doesn’t want to lose one of “his guys”.
I’ll admit that part of the issue is Claude’s coaching. He has the guys all play in his system. But if you let guys like Lucic or Seguin off the leash, would you have a 40 or 50 goal scorer on the team?
I bring this up because Bobby Ryan’s name has been floated in the rumor mill again. He’s a winger for the Ducks who I think would add instant scoring to your offense. He’d likely improve your dreadful power play as well.
Ryan wouldn’t cost you a Hamilton or Seguin the way a Rick Nash would. He’d likely only cost you a Krejci or Lucic. As much as I like both guys, I’m pulling the trigger on it today if Anaheim says yes.
Krejci is good and makes the guys on the team better. But I think you need to trade something to get something and his contract works perfect with Ryan’s.
If you’re not going to deal for Nash (I’m not trading Seguin) you should really look at Ryan. I think he’d shake up the scoring funk. Well, hope he would anyways. He could come to the team and become another Claude drone in the system.
Bottom line. The Bruins as constructed I don’t think can win the East right now. So to quote Da Guy, Shake It Up!!!