A Bruins Defense Volume 3: Trade Your Way to a Better Tomorrow

Well, Doc had some great points. Buying out Dennis Seidenberg would save the Bruins a bunch in cap space and give them some freedom in signing new talent. Brian Campbell is a better defenseman than John-Michael Liles for sure, however, with the age of this group, I’m nervous signing a 37 year-old to a two-year contract.  With Adam McQuaid turning 30 in October, the Bruins would have three defenders on the wrong side of 30 with a buyout of Seids and addition of Campbell. I’m looking a little more long-term; give the youth that signed earlier a little more time to develop. That’s where the trade market comes in.
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Panthers @ Bruins 24 March 2016: Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty

Well folks, its the second night of a back to back, after a game against the Rangers where the Bruins played well, but uh… umm…. dammit.

So now, we have ourselves a visit from the Florida Shawn Thorntons… err… Reilly Smiths… er… Jagorim Jargs…err… FancyCats (although that last one would work too) for a key divisional matchup in hopes of steering out of the skid (incidentally, the Cats are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Rags. Not the same score, but close enough I guess). Despite losing 4 straight games, the Bruins still have a hold on 3rd in the Atlantic, because the Wings seem pretty determined to screw up their 24 year playoff streak, and all 3 Canadian teams (also Buffalo) really shouldn’t even get participant ribbons this year. Man this division blows goat. That said, the Wings (currently just out of the Wild Card race behind the surging Flyers) are at 83 points in 73 games vs the Bruins have 86 in 74 (yes, the Wings have a game in hand, but the Bruins currently hold the first tiebreaker with 35 ROW to Detroit’s 34). Tonight is a pretty game in this regard, as the Wings have the considerable fortune of playing the hilarious failure that is Montreal (can you smell it? The smell of Failtreal? Its wonderful. At least if you can overlook the usual flatulent aroma that hangs around that team like the farts of a man who lives on Taco Bell alone.) So, the Bruins have to bring the heat tonight, OR ELSE (although the Bruins would hold the 3rd place spot if things all go the worst way possible… and goddammit I just realized I want the Habs to win a game. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME BRUINS????!!!! CAN’T YOU SEE THE PREDICAMENT IN WHICH YOU HAVE PLACED ME???!!!!

ah. umm….. looks around furtively, realizing he has actually been shouting out loud… So, about this game.

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Morning Free Association: 3/22/16

Good morning!

Rob O’Gara says hello!

The Bruins are in third place in the division, three points behind the Panthers. The Lightning are a point ahead of the B’s, with a game at hand. The season is dwindling, and the Bruins need to keep winning. Or losing in overtime. Something that gets points.
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