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01-25-2014, 07:17 AM
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I'm bored of this team. Not even kidding. It's not exciting to watch them right now and hasn't been for the entirety of the past year. Blow it up. If we sneak the play-offs we'll bomb out quickly and it pains me to ask what the point of that is.

Blow it up. Trade everyone who isn't Mason, Giroux, Voracek or Simmonds. We might only get a bag of magic beans back for the rest but we've got to try. We're going nowhere right now, just meandering through the fields of mediocrity.
All those come from behind wins and points have not excited you?!

I know what you mean though... frustration and anger cancel out the excitement at times.

I think they are enjoyable to watch when they are on the rush (forwards not D men) and in the Ozone... our forwards really are very creative and a pleasure to watch compared to most teams in the league. The problem is that recently the team is spending far too much time stick in its own zone for them to show their skill.

I don't think blowing it up would do anything but prolong the meandering in mediocrity. (depending on what you mean by blow it up.)

Skill and value wise our forwards are among the best (top ten) in the league to be frank. And the D weakness is not going to have a magic pill to cure it overnight... if they managed to get a #1 the team would be in just as bad/worse shape either instantly or 3-5 years down the line due to what they would have to give up.

If there were 'big changes' the guys I would want to try and keep would be:

xxxxxx-Giroux-Voracek
xxxxxx-Schenn-Simmonds
Raffl-Couturier-Read
xxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx

Coburn-xxxxx
xxxxxx-xxxxxx
Gus-xxxxxxx

Mason
xxxxxx

Those 7 forwards are pretty damn good and collectively good value for what they are, even once G's new contract starts. (~25.5 million for 7/9 top 9 players next year.... ~3.66M average hit.... a roster average is ~3-3.2 when no.7s, 4th liners, elcs are included.)

The D is crap... Kimmo will likely be gone... they need at least 1 good top 3 dman next year.

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01-25-2014, 07:39 AM
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We're gonna get slaughtered.

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01-25-2014, 08:32 AM
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All those come from behind wins and points have not excited you?!.
They did at the time until I realized they were mostly against bad teams and without just half of those miracle comebacks, this team would be on par with the islanders and panthers, except without the young blue liners, cap space, and nice prospect pool.

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We're gonna get slaughtered.
I flew into Philly, and am looking forward to being at the game today.

But yea... This is what I am afraid of...

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Why are Hartnell an Read both being put on their off-natural wings, on the same line?

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01-25-2014, 08:59 AM
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Why are Hartnell an Read both being put on their off-natural wings, on the same line?
I never understood this either.... Why not just let them play in their natural position.

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01-25-2014, 09:25 AM
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Guaranteed loss since I'm going to the game. Sorry boys.

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I think we win, but I do have Mason started in fantasy and benched Rask, so I could get pooched here

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Dear god, Gill is in the lineup...
I read Gus skated yesterday on the 3rd pair...

so either Mez and Schenn are out, Gus in for Mez/Schenn or Gill in for Schenn/Mez?

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If Gill gets in before Gus, fire Berube on the spot . Maybe a trade ?????? Bruins can take Mezz with them

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01-25-2014, 10:52 AM
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Honestly I wouldnt have a problem sitting Schenn for Gill. At least Gill has some hockey sense.

Cant see Mez being scratched with his point streak.

Hoping for a good game today. Not expecting a win...but if they come to play and compete ill be alright with it.

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01-25-2014, 10:59 AM
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If Gill gets in before Gus, fire Berube on the spot . Maybe a trade ?????? Bruins can take Mezz with them
We could trade him to this guy on ebay for a Meszaros bobble-head... I reckon it would be more defensively sound, though not sure the offence could be replicated.



Or go all out and package Mez and a pick for:



Ethnically ambiguous Shea Weber bobble-head (is he Mexican? Tanned? Jamaican? Who knows!)... who has seemingly just been sick down himself... oh no, that is the jersey.

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Erik Gustafsson is in the house. Guessing Berube decided to put him in.

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All those come from behind wins and points have not excited you?!

I know what you mean though... frustration and anger cancel out the excitement at times.

I think they are enjoyable to watch when they are on the rush (forwards not D men) and in the Ozone... our forwards really are very creative and a pleasure to watch compared to most teams in the league. The problem is that recently the team is spending far too much time stick in its own zone for them to show their skill.

I don't think blowing it up would do anything but prolong the meandering in mediocrity. (depending on what you mean by blow it up.)

Skill and value wise our forwards are among the best (top ten) in the league to be frank. And the D weakness is not going to have a magic pill to cure it overnight... if they managed to get a #1 the team would be in just as bad/worse shape either instantly or 3-5 years down the line due to what they would have to give up.

If there were 'big changes' the guys I would want to try and keep would be:

xxxxxx-Giroux-Voracek
xxxxxx-Schenn-Simmonds
Raffl-Couturier-Read
xxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx

Coburn-xxxxx
xxxxxx-xxxxxx
Gus-xxxxxxx

Mason
xxxxxx

Those 7 forwards are pretty damn good and collectively good value for what they are, even once G's new contract starts. (~25.5 million for 7/9 top 9 players next year.... ~3.66M average hit.... a roster average is ~3-3.2 when no.7s, 4th liners, elcs are included.)

The D is crap... Kimmo will likely be gone... they need at least 1 good top 3 dman next year.
The first dozen or so games of the season got people totally disinterested because there was almost zero goal scoring and it was just hard to watch. Lately this team is hard to watch because they just suck at everything besides goal scoring (mostly D, but the goaltending has been average and some of the forwards are doing not well either). It's a differently scented kind of suck.

Anyhow, the D needs to be totally revamped going into the future especially with Timonen pretty much done after this season. I'd also like a safety net behind Mason personally.

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01-25-2014, 11:13 AM
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Two changes for Boston: Spooner (ill) replaced by Caron. Dougie Hamilton is likely to play.

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01-25-2014, 11:19 AM
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If Gill is in over Gus... I swear to everything.

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If Gill is in over Gus... I swear to everything.
The speculation yesterday was to insert Gustafsson based on the desirability to add speed. Unless that has changed, Gustafsson would play over Gill. The question is the scratch.

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01-25-2014, 11:29 AM
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Kind of want Meszaros and Gill to be in over Gustafsson and Schenn to see the board blow up. More because I just want Berube to feel the heat at some point.

Guess it's the inner anarchist in me.

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Downie could be scratched (insert Rosehill). Same with Meszaros (insert Gustafsson)

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