Well, this is not what I wanted to be writing about three games into the season. I would have loved to write about how great the Bruin's are looking three games in and how Sweeney's off-season moves are looking good so far but the simple fact is this - three games in and this team is pathetic.
Losing their first three games seems to be the least of their worries. Tuukka Rask has allowed 16 goals so far and looks lost out there. The defence has been unbearable to watch throwing turnovers out free pizzas - not helping him out whatsoever. They keep talking about finding their "identity" and how they wanted to get back to being the big, bad, Bruins. I thought that they were on their way there and I was wrong.
In three games this team has not even had a single fight and their game represents that. I would think that if they wanted to get back to being the Bruin's that we love and know, that they would at least fight and try to put some scare into their opponents. They sure as hell aren't doing anything else that's for sure.
And so for the first time since 99' this team has lost it's first three of the season and each game has been a blow out.
There are so many negatives with these three games that I can't touch on all of them but lets have a look at a few things...
Jimmy Hayes as been an absolute ghost out there with a -5 +/- and he has ONE shot on goal in three games. I was very happy to see him come here and the trade was good for the team, but come on man, you're playing for your favourite team, a childhood dream, show like you want to be there and you care. I'm not saying he isn't trying but he needs to get going and use his size to create chances.
The defence is just awful. There's really no other way you can put it. Irwin looked promising in pre-season, that wasn't the case come crunch time and of course the sent him down after clearing waivers. I'm not going to talk about each D-man individually because really they all have been playing bad but the simple fact is that there is not enough NHL experience.
Chara was back today and honestly, he didn't look great, Helped out a bit but not no where near enough to fix the problem.
The one good thing I can say is that I do like the game that Colin Miller is showing and if you can take one good thing out of this is that he looks promising.
The schedule hasn't been in our favour, playing three great teams to start of the season but we needed one win. Plain and simple.
As Pete mention in his article earlier, it looks like Sweeney and the boys are scrambling to get a plan B together by making a deal to trade one of the core guys like Chara or Marchy and if they are going to do that then I say lets TANK and go for Auston Matthews.
But it's way to early in the season to start saying the word TANK. I'll try to be a little optimistic here and hope that we can take the next two on the road vs the Av's and Coyote's and then take it from there.
I really would hate to see Marchand get traded. Chara...I can deal with, the fans just have to accept the fact that we are not making the playoffs and better buckle up because just like the summer, it's going to be a long winter.
By Connor Yourth