Well that sucked.
After weeks of trade rumors of Loui Eriksson bringing back a legitimate, young defenseman, the Bruins faithful were disappointed with this team, yet again.
Instead of being sellers, the Bruins decided that this team was good enough to make a Cup run, and added a couple of journeyman to their roster.
First, the Bruins landed, John-Michael Liles, a mediocre, cheap, old defenseman. JML may be better than Kevan Miller, but that is about the nicest thing you can say about the guy. I would be extremely surprised if Liles makes any kind of impact on this team moving forward, so we will skip right over him.
Moving on, the Bruins also landed Lee Stempniak, a journeyman winger from the New Jersey Devils. On the season, Stempniak has 16 goals and 25 apples, which actually led the Devils through 63 games.
Don't get me wrong, Stempniak is a decent player. However, he was at the Bruins' Captains Practices at the beginning of the season, and was then let go by the team to sign with New Jersey. If the Bruins did not want him at the veterans' minimum, why would they trade a 2nd and 4th round draft pick for him? Overpayment.
But negating what they gave up for the player, he could provide a spark for this team. With 41 points on the season, he may find his way onto the top line with Bergeron and Marchand if Brett Connolly continues to be utterly useless. Imagine what a competent winger could do with two of the better players in hockey.
The Bruins could not have played this Trade Deadline any worse. With arguably the best rental on the market, the Bruins thought it would be better if they kept Loui Eriksson, then let him walk for nothing at the end of the season. This management group needs a wakeup call. Everyone thought that something was going to change when Don Sweeney took Peter Chiarelli's job, but is Cam Neely perhaps the problem?
Sure, the Bruins are going to make the playoffs. But I bet my first-born child they get manhandled in the first round and bow out in five or six games.
Sorry, but this Trade Deadline was a disaster. Danny Ainge would be proud.