I guess my mindset has been that the B's that were eliminated by the 'Canes three years ago, and the Flyers two years ago were plenty good to go to the Finals. Their cup win was a challenge, but I'd been believing they COULD do it for a while. Of course, I believe it's even more possible now they they've done it once. It is a combo of a decent goalie, Julien's system, and Julien's willingness to let the boys play outside of his system when it matters (letting them play a style more suited to Neely).
This can win them another cup.
Not adding bigger names is not as big a deal. Just have to add the right ones. (Adding bigger names can't hurt, but it doesn't irk me that nothing has happened...).
I'm still of the mind the bruins need more goal scorers. I will be until they prove otherwise. Pointing to the stanley cup as a reason to be content with the roster isnt comforting to me. It took an other-wordly performance from Tim Thomas and several very lucky bounces in order to win going through 3 game 7s and several overtimes. Dramatic? Yes. Convincing? No. That championship was great but Im not convinced they have something like that in them again.
How could I? They haven't gotten past the 2nd round in any other year with Claude and chiarelli. I'm sorry but them being "content" with the current roster isn't good enough for me. If they wanted parise enough to offer him a contract that would have affected the current players future with the bruins it tells me they know they need more.
When Detroit won the cup last they followed it up by bringing in Marian hossa. They made it back to the cup that year and lost to a great penguins team. But you can't blame the wings for trying to reload in order to repeat.
When The B's won the cup they lost a few players and added a few of less quality and were bounced in the first round. And they continue to be idle. Its unfortunate they lack the desperation and hunger to get better and are okay being patient with a team that has failed more then it has suceeded. I can count several teams in this league that I can't see the bruins running with on paper and I'd like the bs to class up and be one of those teams
I dunno...the Bruins are right up there in terms of playoff success over the last 5 years, if you look at the rest of the league:
Team playoff series record; cup/DNQ’s; how many times past 2nd round in the last 5 years:
Red Wings 9-4; one cup; past 2nd round twice
Penguins 8-4; one cup; past 2nd round twice
Flyers 7-5; none; past 2nd round twice
Blackhawks 6-3; one cup, one DNQ; past 2nd round twice
Bruins 6-4; one cup; past 2nd round once
Canucks 5-4; one DNQ; past 2nd round once
Sharks; 5-5; none; past 2nd round twice
Kings; 4-2; two DNQ/one cup; past 2nd round once
Devils 3-4; one DNQ; past 2nd round once
Rangers 3-4; one DNQ; never past 2nd round
Capitals 3-5; none; never past 2nd round
Not to mention the Habs, Leafs, Jets, Canes, Islanders, Ducks, Oilers, Flames, Wild, Avalanche, Panthers, Senators, Sabres, Blues, Predators, Coyotes, Stars, Jackets....who are not even worth looking up.
There are only 5 teams in the entire league that have been "out of the second round" more times than Boston in the last 5 years, and none have done it more than twice. I'm not saying that the Bruins have had the most playoff success in the league the last 5 years, or that they are some clear-cut favorite to win this year, or that they don't need to add anything, but IMO when you look at their post-season performance over the last 5 years relative to the rest of the NHL, it might warrant a description other than 'failed more than succeeded."
IMO ... The Bruins have the capabilities to win the Cup this year. I think they had the capabilities to win the Cup last year and the year before (which they did). However, there are many teams that have the capability to win it all ... and capability doesn't guarantee anything.
The Bruins are so close to the top if wouldn't take much to get there. I am very disappointed that even with financial flexibility we have done nothing significant (so far) ... for the 2nd straight year.
We can win it all this year but with just a few solid moves we could improve our odds of winning it all this year tremendously!
Just about all the pieces are in place now. No training camp drama over contracts.
I'm excited to see which Bruins players/prospects end up making the team and become part of the winning culture.
It's called status quo! Nobody but Caron is in danger of losing a spot and he doesn't really have any competition. The only excitement is watching Dougie Hamilton make the team.
The fears are greater than the expectations. Will Rask be able to handle #1? Will the powerplay struggle again? Will the defence continue to have trouble coming out of their zone? Will the Bruins continue to play a defensive boring style of hockey? Will they continue to try to take games to overtime or the shootout or try to win by one goal? Will the top line of Lucic/Krejci/Horton struggle? Will Paille have a bunch of breakaways and not score? Will the Bruins be strapped with Timmy's 5 million or will they trade him for nothing? Will Chia do nothing to improve the team?
Will the Bruins continue to play a defensive boring style of hockey?
You mean like they haven't done given a choice since 2007-2008?
The only times this team plays rope-a-dope hockey is when it doesn't have the firepower to hang with the team they're playing -- and that's pretty rare these days.
In fact we had some bad defensive breakdowns last year and into the playoffs because the team was a bit overaggressive
There's a difference between building an offense on the foundation of good defense, or even insisting on good defense, and "playing a defensive, boring style of hockey." If you can't grasp that difference than you need to watch this Bruins team more than I do.
The last two are surely a joke. Teams with no fans who missed the playoffs now are elite because of a couple free agents?
Vancouver is the best regular season team in hockey at the moment. And made a Cup final same year we did.
They had the same short offseason as us but won their conference and first round went up against a powerhouse team who didn't feel like trying regular season and waited until the playoffs.
The fact we beat them and match up well against them doesn't take away from them being good.
The 5 teams I matched are the teams the bruins dont match up well with. They struggle against good teams with elite goaltending. The stars and canes are now good. They weren't last year, and now they are. Add in the 2 goalies who can both be unbeatable for stretches and those are teams id have my doubts about beating. The canes will win the season series and beat the B's in the playoffs if they play eachother. Ward has always killed the Bs.