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That game started so ugly, but the B's pulled it out. Usually that method doesn't work, but it did against Tampa. Probably because Stamkos is still getting back into game shape and St. Louis cried his way out of town and Tampa doesn't have much other than that.
Bruins really need to stop that habit of lazy third period play that results in a game tying or game blowing goal. That's been a habit for way too long. But hey they won so we won't bitch too much. Suck it Tampa.
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This morning Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe wrote that the Bruins had a trade in place for Vancouver's Alex Edler, which was contingent on Vancouver moving Ryan Kesler to Pittsburgh:
"The Canucks would have received an NHL center in Sutter in return for Kesler. But Sutter is best suited for a third-line role. It’s likely Vancouver would have asked the Bruins for either AHLers Ryan Spooner or Alexander Khokhlachev, both more offensive-minded than Sutter."
Now there's a lot of people who are seemingly up-in-arms because Chiarelli didn't pull the trigger on Edler.
First of all, it was out of PC's hands. If Kesler didn't go to Pittsburgh, Edler wasn't coming to Boston and as we all know that's exactly what happened. While Edler would have helped this year, it would have put the Bruins in a tough spot moving forward. Let's start with financials before anything:
Edler currently makes $5M a season and he's signed through 2018-2019. While Boston could use Dennis Seidenberg's LTIR money this season, it's a whole different ball game, even with the cap going up. Patrice Bergeron, Kevan Miller and Dennis Seidenberg both have their cap hit going up next season and players looking for new contracts (Krug, Iginla, Johnson, Thornton).
If Edler comes in at $5M a season, I think it's safe to assume that Johnny Boychuk is traded for a little bit of cap relief. Even if you let someone like Iginla walk, you still need a top 3/6 forward to fill his spot and LOUI ERIKSSON IS NOT A TOP 3/6 FORWARD SO DON'T GO THERE. So you can take some money and throw that at someone unless you think Carl Söderberg is ready to make a leap of faith.
Looking at the Bruins projected cap they have about $9M to spend. With Edler on the books, that jumps way down to $4,120,000 and as I mentioned Krug needs a new contract, Boston will need a backup goaltender (both Johnson [unrestricted] and Svedberg [restricted] are a free agent at year's end) so that money can go fast.
So financially it doesn't make much sense to bring Edler in and then pay four defensemen 19.2 million dollars.
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So, where was that kind of defensive effort the last few times the B's faced the Capitals? Who cares. It was there last night.
It was hilarious watching that game and seeing how many Caps players are absolutely terrified of getting hit. So hilarious.
Anyway, Bruins are awesome, the Crapitals suck fat ones and we're off to play Stick of Truth again. Phrasing.
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Oh praise Jebus, seriously get on your knees and praise Jebus, that someone plays defense tonight. The last time the Bruins played the Capitals they go embarrassed at home. That caveman fuck Alexander Ovechkin had two power play goals while the Bruins gave the Capitals six power play opportunities.
What the fuck was going through the heads of the players in that game? I haven't seen them that undisciplined in a long time. Lets get a pep talk into the boys:
The Bruins penalty kill is taking a nose dive. They currently rank 13th in the NHL, hanging to a thread at 82.1% of all penalties killed. That's just not good enough. I know a lot of people like to look at Dennis Seidenberg's injury and say "DO YOU SEE?! DO YOU SEE WHAT HE MEANS?!" and site that PK number and Tuukka Rask's one goal jump in GAA. It's definitely a big deal when you see that Seidenberg is still third on the team in SH/TOI, but it's not the complete reason. There's three other players on the ice with him (sometimes two).
Did Peter Chiarelli address this need at the trade deadline?
Well....no. I mean look Andrej Meszaros for a third round pick is a pretty good get. Here's the problem: If the Bruins make it to the Eastern Conference Finals and Meszaros plays 2/3 of the Bruins postseason games - that third rounder becomes a second rounder and that's where my problem lies.
Meszaros doesn't do anything to help a penalty kill in disarray. He averages less than a minute per game killing penalties. Less than a minute. So there's a clear need for a guy who can log a shit ton of minutes (which at even strength Meszaros isn't really doing at 17:22 minutes per game) and can kill penalties. You don't need a power play defenseman given the offensive abilities like Krug and Hamilton.
And that comes around full circle when you play a team like Washington who is second in the NHL on the power play (23%) and is first in the league in power play opportunities (235). If the penalty kill is going to take a nose dive and Boston is going to face teams in the upper half (possibly upper third) of the league in PP Ops - some attention to a defenseman who can kill penalties would have been fantastic.
I'm going to get more in depth about the Bruins and their recent trade deadline acquisitions later today, but that was something that both irked me and is relevant to today's game. Washington is a fucking power play machine.
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Back in January I wrote about Meszaros possibly being the answer in Boston. Looks like I hit it right on the head as the Bruins have reportedly traded a third round pick to Philadelphia for the defenseman. Meszaros currently has 17 points in 38 games for the Flyers.
Honestly, I'm not sure where Meszaros fits in the scheme of things - probably a second pairing with Johnny Boychuk and either Matt Bartkowski or Kevan Miller being scratched.
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Boston Bruins picked up Corey Potter off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers today. That's all you really need to know about the guy... he was waived by the Oilers.
This is really a depth move. Don't expect to see Potter for more than a couple of games to keep the legs fresh during the season or unless someone else goes down with an injury. Also might hint at how bad McQuaid's leg injury actually is.
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Yes, so if we're being honest as soon as the game was over the DOY staff went right back to playing South Park: Stick of Truth so we're recap-less today. We'd apologize, but if you've played the game you'll understand.
Here's some notes though:
- Krejci made it rain hats at TD Garden...and the Jeremy Jacobs immediately had the staff sell the used hats in the Pro Shop for $50 a piece.
Seriously though, what a game by Krejci. You mad about the Olympics bro? Goooooood. GOOOOOOOOOOOOD.
- We still love you Tim Thomas. Always and forever <3 Have fun with your new best friend Robby Lou!
- People trying to tell us the Bruins defense has gone down hill because McQuaid is gone really need to re-evaluate their lives and maybe even get sterilized.
- We hope the Bruins trade for Butters Stotch.
- We love you Soderberg. If Chris Kelly had any hands you'd have a lot more points.
- LOLz to Bruins fans thinking LA would trade Doughty.
- Boychuk, how good is the South Park game?
- Jeremy Jacobs will let you read this recap for free for the first 30 seconds. After that it's $10 a minute.Add a comment
Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo are the gifts that keep on giving. Next to Timmy's flashy goaltending, we miss photoshopping him every night. So thanks, Panthers and Canucks for making the Luongo to Florida trade, so we had an excuse to search for Thomas' face in Google again.
But to quickly recap, in case you hadn't heard, Roberto Luongo did in fact finally get traded. Back to the Florida Panthers he goes where he'll meet up with his new teammate and former Stanley Cup rival, Tim Thomas.
Two elite goaltenders on the same time, you say? They can't co-exist, you say? Think again!
And on another note me and Tiny Tim are gonna rip it up the rest of the year!!!!!!! #dreamteam— Strombone (@strombone1) March 5, 2014
Hell yea. That's the sort of positivity the mainstream media will hate to see. Two arch-enemies building bridges over the tears of sports writers and... wait... what's that? Tim Thomas was just asked about Roberto Luongo?
Tim Thomas on Luongo situation: "Dale went kicking tires and found one that needed to be pumped."— Fluto Shinzawa (@GlobeFluto) March 5, 2014
Of course, there's no way of knowing if Timmy was jesting or not and it's not like Fluto or any other writer is going to provide context for twitter, so for now we'll leave it up to you if Thomas was just making the obvious joke or if he's actually miffed. Haggs said Timmy didn't look to pleased before the game, but maybe he just read another story about Obamacare or something. Who knows.
What we do know is that we can't wait to see Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo on the same team.
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Tim Thomas is a pretty cool dude. He's always looking to make people feel accepted and welcomed. Like his newest teammate, Roberto Luongo.
We now go live to Roberto Luongo for his reaction:
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