So it’s that time of year again …but during this time of the year.
The start of the NHL’s league year. The time when a GM’s fancy turns to UFAs in a drunken haze of manic player transactions. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
Welcome to the second installment of my and CarvinBass18’s three part series A Bruins Defense: A Three Part Series on How to Improve Next Season. This is Volume 2: Buying the Present to Save the Future, in which I play my best Jonathan Swift and make my modest proposal to make 2016-2017 less of a terrifying gong show than 2016-2017.
It was the best of games, it was the worst of games. It was a game of defense, it was a game of offense. It was a contest of hope. It was a contest of despair. We had a win before us. We had a loss before us. It was an excellent game, it was a terrible game.
OK, enough from you, Dickens!
There were a few milestones: Ken Hitchcock coached his 1400th game. Claude Julien coached his 700th for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron notched his 30th goal, for the third 30-goal season of his career. The Bruins scored their first powerplay goal against the Blues since 2009. There was a lot going on.
But, don’t let the milestones fool you: It was ugly.
The Boston Bruins have exceeded the expectations of many prognisticators and have put themselves into a strong position to make the playoffs heading into the February 29 trade deadline. However, despite the strides made this season, they have significant deficiencies on defense that must be addressed if they want more than a one-round playoff run.
It’s clear what the Bruins’ need is: defensive help, particularly at the #3-#4 defenseman spots. The Bruins have the 3rd-best offense in the league, so acquiring an offensive defenseman doesn’t help much. They’re looking for stability in their own end. What are the defensive options available? What can the Bruins offer? What might be their game plan? Who might be willing trade partners?