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.