The Bruins clearly struggled Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets giving up six goals, but not all looks dooming to their season.
Yeah, they had some rookies struggle defensively like Matt Irwin mishandling a puck behind his own net which led to a goal in front of a sprawling Tuukka Rask who had no chance on the one-timer. Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow also posted negative ratings of -2 and -1 respectively.
One could easily point directly at Zdeno Chara and say it’s because of his lack of playing will continue to nag the Bruins. However, unless he could play all six defensive positions at a very high level, Chara is not the issue with the Bruins.
However he is getting up in age and is clearly being greatly affected by injuries at this age as he is again doubtful for tonight’s game against the Canadiens. Although he is still the Captain of the team, Bergeron Kelly and Krejci have all stepped up and they all donned the A on their jerseys for the home opener and will likely do the same tonight.
Even last year he struggled only putting up 20 points in 63 games and posted an even plus/minus rating. It seems to be the time for the Bruins to move on from Chara but it isn’t going to be easy.
He has been the captain for nine years and led the team to their Stanley Cup run in 2013. He was a fan favorite early in his career but as the years has gone on, his production has gone down.
He has a no-trade clause and is under contract until the end of the 2017-2018 season so it won’t be easy to be able to move on from him so it will be interesting to see if the front office gets enough pressure to do something with him.
But with all that being put on the back burners for at least tonight at 7 p.m. when the puck is dropped for the 730th time between the Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens; the most in NHL history. The Bruins look to bounce back in their first home stand before going out west for a pair of games.
By Cole McNanna