Morning Free Association: To Make a Move or to Not Make a Move

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Don Sweeney got on the Zoom to chat with the press about the team, their current play, and what to do if the team doesn’t step it up. The Boston Bruins are not in terrible shape but they are currently 4th in the MassMutual East after playing 23 games with a record of 13-6-4 (30 points). In their last 10 games, the B’s have posted a record of 3-5-2. They’re barely clinging to a playoff spot. That’s not great. So what is Don Sweeney’s plan?

Right now, it seems like there is no plan. He’s not lighting a fire under the coaching staff instead trusting that they’ll figure this out. He’s frustrated that some players are having downward turns or mediocre starts and hopes that they play better. If that doesn’t work, he hopes that recalls from Providence will jump-start the team. Zach Senyshyn is having a great season but can he do the same with the big club?

In short, Sweeney is waiting a little longer to see if it fixes itself internally. Maybe that’s wise but it’s incredibly frustrating as a fan to see this again. Because it seems like the same thing every year. I know Jake DeBrusk was just re-signed this season but how much more time are we going to have to waste to see him find his game? Charlie Coyle is struggling to score- should we shift him elsewhere in the lineup or even sit him a game? (I know that sounds awful but something needs to get him going.) What about Craig Smith? He loves to shoot from anywhere but has 1 goal in the last 14 games. Don’t even get me started on the 4th line. So many underperformers right now.

“If we have to shake things up, I think we will do that,” Sweeney said. “Understand that the expectations haven’t changed. Our group has played well, but not quite good enough, and the scoring has been the Achilles’ heel up until this point. Hopefully we can find it from within, or I’m going to have to make a move to bring in support.”

Sweeney claims that he’s still making calls to see what offers are out there. Quarantine times and border crossings complicate the normal business of trade deals. He’ll see what he can do.

If he stands pat it will likely be another season down the tubes. Ty Anderson’s latest is a mood and sums up how I’ve been feeling about this team.

It’s as infuriating as it is predictable, and the fact that this is still an issue is straight-up exhausting. The worst part isn’t even that it’s once again costing the Bruins either. There’s still another 33 games to go. It’s that until rectified, it’s the kind of flaw that’s going to put an inevitable ceiling on a team with the foundation to do so much more.

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Stripes
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Good Morning!
Yup, this team is frustrating to watch. There are a lot of young, inexperienced players, particularly on defense…. where offense starts. I’d rather see Donnie move to improve the D. Better D, better zone exits, better center ice regrouping, more scoring.

I thought I was wrapping things up on the job. Just got informed that I will be building a steel stairway and railing for the addition. I WANT TO RETIRE!!! grin

Stripes
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To top it off, the architect is looking to have steel work for another house. I didn’t want the job so I gave him a high quote….. You guessed it… When can I have it done?

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Ha! Sounds familiar.
My eldest brother is retired. A couple of months ago, he got a call from his last boss – a guy he really doesn’t enjoy working with – to do some work on his last project from 2+ years ago. So he charged the guy an arm & a leg, but the guy needed help, and my brother was the one who knew where all the bodies were buried, so to speak.

The London Bear
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Only two D have scored a goal this year for the Bruins. I know that’s not their job, but it should still be more than that, surely. Maybe that’s related to your point about zone exits, etc. Ugh, why did we have to let Krug go?

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IntentionallyWidenberg

Ugh, why did we have to let Krug go?

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Letting Krug walk was a mistake. Same with MoJo – though Johansson was asking for too much $$. On the positive side, bringing in Coyle was a coup.
And weirdly, Acciari’s departure turned out to be a notable missed opportunity – though no one could reasonably fault the Bruins for moving on from a guy who looked like he was headed for a career as a 4th line wrecking ball.

Stripes
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Acciari was a huge mistake.

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Stripes

It looks like the Bruins could have/should have kept Krug, but he’s gone. His size was a problem and Cam doesn’t like that kind of problem. Not sure who’s available, but D first, IMO. Just ask Harry Sinden.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I’ve got no problem building up the D.
McAvoy has been really effective on both D and O when not partnered with a guy who’s overwhelmed. And Carlo is a great traditional D-man with little offensive upside, but he’s out, and Miller is out, and now we are deep into the depth chart already. We aren’t going to replace Krug unless they find an overpriced rental at the trade deadline, but there’s definitely room to improve on where they are right now.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hiya folks,

Yeah, the team are annoyingly inconsistent. On any given night they could get shut out or they could score seven goals. Unpredictable. It’s strange that guys who are normally reasonably reliable are not scoring – it’s like loads of them are going through a slump at the same time. Maybe they need a change of tactics. I don’t know. I’m not a coach, Luckily!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Yeah, something just isn’t working for them, and I don’t know what it is.
Outside of Marchand, no one on the team has any scoring touch right now. While the team has a few holes, and there is always room for roster upgrades, they do have a strong enough forward group to be putting up more goals – especially considering how well the D has been doing at puck possession. There is good goaltending in the division, but not every team they face is part of the Vezina discussion.

So, yeah, Don Sweeney should probably look for some trade opportunities, but that isn’t the fundamental issue behind this particular slump.