To Bourque or not to Bourque
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04-09-2012, 07:36 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Québec, Québec
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Many 20 goals scorers don't offer the level of play that is needed for a winning team, the problem with Bourque is his confidence. First of all he never seems to enjoy being on the ice, winning team or not, he needs a lot of care. It will all depend on whether or not the next coach or coaches will be able to help him. He obviously doesn't fit well with Plekanec. He probably needs a center that can communicate well with him. I guess it will be easier to predict when the name of the new coach will be known.
First of all: I totally acknowledge the fact that he needs someone (line mates or coach) to light a fire under his chair. AKA: high maintenance player.
That being mentioned...
Bourque scored 27 goals, two seasons in a row, before joining us. The guy is not an 14-18 goals scorer: he proved to be a 20-30 goals scorer. Right?
(1) Plekanec is not the ideal line mate for Bourque. Plekanec is our best center and I am a huge fan (great two way input, high compete level, he stands his ground…) but he has limited leadership skills. I really want to see Bourque (if our next pick is not NHL ready and/or we fail to find a better solution via the UFA or trade route) play alongside Cole and Desharnais. Both have an insanely high compete level and they would never accept a half hearted effort from Bourque.
(2) You wrote: "
Many 20 goals scorers don't offer the level of play that is needed for a winning team
…". Assuming you agree with me that "
Bourque scored 27 goals, two seasons in a row, before joining us. The guy is not an 14-18 goals scorer: he proved to be a 20-30 goals scorer
…", please provide me with a list of "proven 20-30 goals scorers" + "big body" + "decent/good defensive awareness" + "willingness to go in the heavy traffic" players who did not offer the level of play that is needed for a winning team.
Right now, I need to log off but trust me: if I find a/numerous player(s) that fit(s) the description, I will post it here.
My "list thing" was not a rhetorical question; however my point is: if he provides us with 20 goals while playing on a solid shutdown line (Bourque – Eller – Moen: hell to Smurfs!), I would be a happy fan.
Imo Bourque (I was saying the same thing about Andrei Kostitsyn btw) is worth the effort. He is the incarnation of "secondary scoring".
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