As was said... he played like **** last year and deserved to be bashed. And if he played every game like he has over the last two or three he wouldn't get that kind of heat. Nobody has ever doubted his ability... it's his heart that's always been the problem.
I'm gonna have my crow medium rare please. I didn't think Bourque could turn it around like he has but I've got to give it to him, he's been playing great. I was pumped to see him get one tonight, as he had done everything but score the last couple of games.
Bourque? I'm still waiting for the Gallagher haters to repent.
Off topic, but I really thought he'd get lost a bit more trying to keep track of what's going on through all 3 zones at the NHL level. He still hasn't endured the test of physicality over the season, so there's nothing to gloat about there yet. There's no doubt that his chemistry with Chuckie is part of the success story so far, but I don't think Therrien would have kept him up full time if there was serious work to be done on the defensive side of the puck.
So the big surprise to me, is that he has apparently picked up Therrien's system so quickly; not just in practise, mind you, but in-game at full speed, too. Hockey I.Q. could be higher than I expected, for sure. You let high calibre guys like Chuckie loose a bit, but guys like Gally have to bring the whole package to stick full time this early. I fully, and honestly, expected that it would take him at least another season to get up to the level where his overall level of play would have a chance to erase any size concerns. I'm still skeptical, but grateful that he gets to put a ~40 game season under his belt before he goes through a full 80+. Kudos to him for the work he must have done this off season.
The Bourque hate last year was perfectly understandable. But MT's system is doing good for him so far and unless he gets injured or the team's core starts to go awol, I don't think he'll stop performing like he's doing.
He played like **** last year. I always was in the cam that felt he needed more time/second chance. And now he's playing great. He better not start getting lazy because people here don't forget. And Therrien probably won't let it slide so easily. Hope he keeps it up. I think the new team, management crew and coaching staff is really helping him out.
Excellent job so far. Glad he's finally scored a goal.