At 24-21-6, the Bruins are in uncharted territory as a franchise. If the current standings hold, the Bruins will miss the playoffs for a third straight year and will have been unable to eclipse 100 points in a season since 2013. The Bruins believed firing GM Peter Chiarelli at the end of the 2014-2015 season was the answer, yet the Bruins have been just as poor, if not worse, under Don Sweeney, while the Edmonton Oilers look to be one of the up and coming teams in the NHL.
This current season has been a mixed bag. At times, specifically in the beginning of the season, the Bruins looked like they had something brewing. Tuukka Rask was performing as one of the best goalies in the entire NHL and some of the young guys on Boston's roster were contributing key shifts. Unfortunately, everyone has since come back to earth and the Bruins are in the worst possible position in professional sports: no man's land. They aren't necessarily bad, but they sure as hell aren't very good.
So what should the Bruins do?
I believe it is time to blow it up. You can keep a couple key guys, like Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak, but everyone else, yes, that includes Rask and some of the young d-men, should be on the table. It is time for the Bruins to unfortunately adjust to the new style of fast and skillful hockey, rather than the big bad Bruins that everyone has become accustomed to. Do I like what hockey is turning into? Nope, but it is time to adjust.
People have been calling for Claude Julien's job, and for good reason. While this entire collapse has certainly not been his fault, it is not uncommon to use the head coach as a scapegoat. Furthermore, it appears as if some of the younger guys have stopped listening to Claude and are not ready to play come game time. Would I be okay if the Bruins kept Julien? Absolutely. Would I be happier if the Bruins fired Sweeney and President Cam Neely? Yes, sir.
But it is time to be realistic and for the Bruins to accept what they have. This is a mediocre hockey team. If they don't show some serious turnaround in the next week or two, then there should be a fire sale in Boston come Trade Deadline. Would it really be all that terrible if the Bruins tanked for a year and acquired one of the best young hockey players in the draft?