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12-26-2003, 04:46 PM
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Harry Sinden was a great coach and a good general manager. He's 69 years old. He admits he's slowing down. He says he wanted to step down as G.M. in 1997. He actually stepped down as G.M. in November 2000. He'll be seventy at season end and should retire.

When he took over as Bruins G.M. three years ago, O'Connell inherited two major problems: mediocre scouting and a slow, suspect Defense. He deserves credit for upgrading the scouting and it will pay dividends eventually. Unfortunately, the Bruins's slow-footed Defense and erratic transition game hasn't improved.

O'Connell was forced to trade hold-out McLaren and he deserves credit for getting a player with Jillson's potential in return. O'Connell also made some deals ostensibly to improve the defense. Sean Brown, Jeff Norton and Gord Murphy were inexpensive mistakes. UFA Bryan Berard helped with the transition game last season, but O'Connell refused to accept his arbitration win so he walked. O'Connell spent a second round draft pick on McGillis, another slow-footed defenseman. Moran is a spare part playing big minutes in a weak Defense.

Is Mike O'Connell the best hockey mind available? (That's a rhetorical question.) It makes you wonder why a guy who played Defense and has had three years to make a deal to improve the Defense, hasn't done it.

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