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The Boston Bruins have opted to basically stay with their current lineup for the remainder of the season.
Randell was brought up from the AHL and Rinaldo was placed on waivers, however for the most part there’s no big, good moves to be noted for the Bruins.
EXCEPT for the addition of 35-year-old Hurricane John-Michael Liles (older than Seidenberg lol) and 33-year-old former-Devil Lee Stempniak.
It cost a third rounder, filth rounder and prospect Anthony Camara for Liles and the cost for Stempniak was a 2017 second rounder and 2016 fourth rounder.
Neither of these players will make the difference that is so desperately needed. Stempniak was also supposedly cut from the Bruins camp, why take him now?
So I’m not going to be focusing on those two players here (Keep a look out for that article, though). If the Bruins want to keep Loui and his paycheck and then add two more guys who won’t even make much of a ripple in the deep, depressing pond of the Boston Bruins Organization then sure, go for it. Let’s see how it works out.
After the 4 – 1 loss to Tampa on Sunday, Bruins nation was calling for blood. Last night could have been the matchup in the playoff standings had the season ended before the puck drop.
That’s not a good sign of things to come, since the B’s offense might as well have been blanked completely.
The Bruins needed new, reliable defensemen. That’s as clear cut and blunt as anyone can be. Chara is racking up to 25 minutes a night. That’s not good for a 38-year-old, worn down defensemen. He’s solid, no doubt, but a team’s defense cannot be centered around three aging guys (Liles now included). Liles might add more experience and leadership to the team, but right now that’s not something the team required.
As previously mentioned: youth, speed and a consistently good defensive game is something that is needed, and right now (even with the acquisition of Liles and Stempniak) the team does not have that. Liles and Stempniak have dropped in production over the years, so that solidifies that point.
Colin Miller is a player that has shown a lot of promise and a sort of reliability, but he’s been kept out of the lineup for reasons that are a mystery to me.
As well as C Miller, Franky Vatrano is for some reason also not on the roster. He wasn’t consistent, but he scored. He showed skill and confidence. He should be in the lineup.
So far this season the offense has been the only spotlight in this roller-coaster of a season. This can be a reason for keeping the core lines together (Bergy – Marchand, Krejci – Eriksson). Breaking up those two couples runs the risk of disrupting the offensive flow that our offense relies on given the lack of a back line.
Our offense has brought us the points the Bruins need to stay in the playoffs, and our defense is what we need to win Lord Stanley. Right now, we still don’t have a defense capable of doing so. So, hopefully the team has a plan that they just aren’t telling anyone.
Eriksson’s $4.5 million a year is too much for what he has given us, and not signing him for cheaper (which in my opinion won’t happen at all) or not moving him causes more issues than what it fixes. To have a legitimate future, a different approach needs to be taken.
With the supposed fact that Don Sweeney is comfortable with his current roster, these are the lines that I’d like to see and believe have a shot to make a splash:
Marchand – Bergeron – Connolly/Ferraro
Eriksson - Krejci – Pasta
Belesky – Spoons – Vatrano/Hayes
Ferraro – Talbot – Randell/Stempniak
Chara – Trotman/Liles (I'll give Liles one chance.)
Krug – Quaider
C. Miller – Seidenberg
Playoff projection: First round and done.
P.S. : I could be very wrong about Liles and Stempniak