Yet somehow, coach Dave Lewis opened his post-game press conference by trying to find a positive side to a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of the Rangers.
“Not at all,” said Lewis when asked if the game was as lopsided as the score. “The scoring chances were equal and that’s pretty good.”
In reality, there was little good to come out of this one. A fact that even Lewis could avoid for only so long, as the tone of his answers slowly changed when pressed on his club’s struggles.
“It’s a devastating loss,” said Lewis. “But we’re going to pick ourselves back up and get ready for the game tomorrow and see what happens.”
Lewis is a bonehead for making comments like this after a 6-1 loss, which comes on the heels of a 3-1 loss and a 3-0 loss to division rival Ottawa.
Still, Boston needs help desperately, but Chiarelli has been unable to swing a deal and unwilling to give any of the kids in Providence a chance to inject some needed spark into the club. Even Lewis appears to recognize the need for some changes. “Our record indicates we’re not good enough right now,” said Lewis.
Most everyone else didn't need the "record" to tell them the Bruins aren't good enough right now (past month+). Just look over the posts in the last month or so and you'll see how many people could determine just by watching any particular game that the team is not good enough. Yet, Lewis needs to point to the record to indicate this? LOL. Oh well...he's the coach after all.
– Savard had plenty to say after this one. When asked if there had been any changes in Lewis’ system to address the team’s problems, he replied, “There might be now.” “We’ve got a lot of big guys on our team,” said Savard. “We should be able to bang a bit more.”
Savard is obviously getting pretty frustrated. When he first came here, he was excited and thought the team had a great chance to win. Now, he's the only guy producing any offense consistently. Good on him for calling out the other players and saying that it's time for the coach to change his system.
Savard may not have been targeting Chara specifically with that comment, but the Bruins’ 6-foot-9 captain missed yet another opportunity to send a message that the Bruins won’t go down without a fight as he could easily have delivered some messages in the third with the game out of reach. Chara is still without a fighting major this season. It’s not something he needs to do regularly, but the occasional outburst in an attempt to inject some life into his listless club would be welcome.
There are times when Chara needs to lose it. Last night and the game before that were perfect times. Tonight could be another. What is with his softness this season? Do Lewis/Chiarelli really have him on such a tight leash??
In my opinion, the way Stuart is playing, he will be worth less than York by the time the trading deadline is reached. On ice for 4 goals last night, and the only reason it wasn't 5 is that on the Penalty Shot only Shannahan and Hannu are considered on the ice. I cannot think of another impending free agent who played so poorly going into his free agent off-season. Any team that thinks he will improve their chances of winning the cup should just save the money toward next year.
Meanwhile, Tannabe is doing just fine for Carolina!
I know that you are not comparing Stuart to Tanabe based on a few games
Exactly. People who think Chiarelli has it easy are wrong.
Wrong. Teams know what B.Stuart can do to their backline and help them in the playoffs. At 2M, he is also easily to fit in your Cap situation. B's will get MANY good offers would they (and they HAVE to if they know he won't resign) intend to trade him...
Sturm is also a good depth scorer who can help. At 2M, he fits easily in Cap. We won't get much for him tough. Not with the year he has. A prospect and a pick are to be expected.
Boyes, if on the market, has a good value even with the horrible slump. He is signed through next year at an affordable 1.5M and is only one years removed his 69pts season. I wouldn't trade him unless i get a Seabrook/young equivalent worth player.
those are the three best trading chips Chiarelli has. If someone show interest in Murray, Chiarelli has to trade him. That would free up money for next UFA season for a Hartnell/Drury type of player.
I am expecting a Stuart-Sturm trade any second and would be happy to see Murray and his contract shipped.