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Falling Fast

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I was a little late getting the game turned on yesterday afternoon. And when I did it was 3-1 Tampa Bay at the start of the second period. Like a car crash I continued to watch as Tuukka was pulled and they went down 4-1.

I’m not blowing taps on the trumpet yet on this season, but the horn is out of its case. 10 games left, only four at home, and they’re playing teams they lose to down the stretch. Not a good combo.

Even if they sneak into the playoffs I think they’re a one and done team (yes again). They’ve showed no consistency at all this year.

So listening to sports radio, one of the guys was arguing that you give Peter Chiarelli the chance this off-season to right his wrongs. Let him untangle the mess the team is in and rebuild the roster over the summer.

How about no.

He’s done nothing to try and improve the team since they won the Cup. He’s traded away young, albeit immature, talent for cents on the dollar. If the Seigun trade didn’t seal his fate in most people’s minds the Boychuk trade absolutely did. If that’s not enough, look at his inept drafting ability. They’ve hit on nothing.

So I vote to can the GM and I also vote to can the head coach. Sorry Claude. The team can’t trade all 23 guys on the roster and you can’t coach the guys they have.

So overhaul what you can on the roster (like my unpopular trading Lucic idea), clean up the cap, and install a new system that somehow manufactures offense. What’s there now isn’t cutting it.

It’s going to be a long month as they limp to the finish and their April tee times (thanks Joe).

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Cam’s Pissed

The team blew a 3-0 lead on Monday night. Something we’re used to seeing around here (think the Philly series where they were up both 3-0 in the series and in Game 7 before blowing it). But finally instead of the fluff pieces coming out on how they know they need to play better etc. Cam Neely has come out and spoken the truth and he’s pissed.

From Boston.com:

“For me, you go through all stages of emotions, right?’’ said Neely, speaking on the phone from Edmonton, where the Bruins will face the Oilers Wednesday night in the thick of a fast-failing five-game road trip. “You go through this whole range of feelings when things aren’t going well. I’ve been frustrated. I’ve had some anger tossed in there. And now, for the first time, I’ve landed on disappointed.’’

“So what this is about for me is the remainder of the season and then moving forward past the season,’’ said Neely, when asked the standard array of possible moves, be it on the playing roster, coaching staff, or among front office personnel. “I have to look short-term and long-term. Whatever we look at has to make sense for both. I don’t think we’re interested in sacrificing the future for the immediate.’’

“I’ve been frustrated at times in the past,’’ he acknowledged, “but for the most part our team’s compete and effort level has always been there. So, yeah, I’ve not been to the ‘disappointed’ stage before.

“Given the expectation of the team, the expectation of what we have of individual players . . . we aren’t where we should be. The fans here deserved more than what they’ve received.’’

So, it doesn’t get specific on what the team is going to do. They’re not going to sacrifice the future for the now, but are they going to do anything?

I’ve been championing the Fire Chiarelli call to arms for several months now. His inability to make any moves over the last several months has really cemented my position. Like Theo Epstein, he’s too in love with his own guys. He won’t break up the team at all because he’s too in love with “his guys” or he’s paid “his guys” too much money and they have immovable contracts.

Joe Haggerty posted the other day the possibility of trading Chara. I say they pull the trigger on that move and start blowing up the team. You’d be able to bring back good value and possibly get a top four defenseman and a wing in exchange for him.

If they’re not willing to trade Chara then I say trade Tuukka. Either him or Chara will free up some serious cap space. And I would trade Lucic as well. If they demand is so high for his services everywhere else in the league, trade him. Preferably out west so when he loses his cement hands and is notching 40 goals a year, we don’t have to see him.

Like the failing Red Sox from the last few years and the post-title big three Celtics this team needs to be blown up. Start from scratch. You have a decent core with depth down the middle but outside that, you need to admit failure and hit the reset button. Enough is enough.

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February 18, 2015 · 7:01 AM

No Kane

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While the Bruins were sucking their way through November and December we heard all kinds of names in the rumor mill. I had mentioned TJ Oshie Tuesday, but one of the other names linked to the Bruins was Evander Kane.

Kane was mentioned multiple times as a trade target for the Bruins. Then he was shut down for the year for surgery and you figured that was the end of that rumor.

Well, that was the end of that rumor pretty much for every NHL team except Buffalo. The Sabres pulled off a massive seven player deal with Winnipeg. The Jets received defenseman Tyler Myers, forwards Drew Stafford and Joel Armia, the rights to 2014 second-round pick Brendan Lemieux and Buffalo’s latest first-round pick in 2015. Buffalo gets Kane, defenseman Zach Bogosian and college goaltender Jason Kasdorf.

Meanwhile the Bruins still haven’t made any moves. The names being floated in the rumor mill suck. Then yesterday the rumor was that Chara should be on the block. He’s old, has lost a few steps, and getting his salary off the books would help the team in many ways.

I’m OK in dealing him since the team isn’t going anywhere. But I think that trading Tuukka would be the smarter play. He’s costing you just as much and you have a supposed replacement in the wings in Subban.

Raise the white flag for this season. Deal Tuukka, bring up Subban and see if he’s the real deal. Then over the summer work on overhauling the roster some more. This whole being in love with “his guys” way of being a GM isn’t working. Again, if he does nothing, I say they fire Chiarelli. Enough is enough.

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Steaming Pile

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So the Bruins sent Svedberg down to Providence to keep him sharp. Tuukka was playing out of his mind and won one of the NHL’s three stars for January so they weren’t going to sit him. But the story also said that Malcolm Subban had earned a call up for also playing out of his mind in Providence.

With back-to-back games over the weekend many had speculated that the team would let Subban get a start. That didn’t happen and as we recapped yesterday Tuukka lost again to the Canadiens.

Flash forward to Tuesday and the team finally gave Tuukka a start off. You’d think that Subban would get the call. Nope. They recalled Svedberg for the game.

Svedberg who gave up three goals in the first period and was benched in favor of Tuukka Rask to start the second period.

Great move Chiarelli.

The Bruins went on to lose to the Stars for the first time in 14 years at home. To add a little salt to the wound they gave up not one, but two short handed goals.

They now embark on a Western Conference swing that won’t have them back at the Garden for two weeks.

It’s all going to be OK though. Chiarelli is looking at Columbus’s Cam Atkinson, or Chris Stewart from Buffalo, or even…wait for it, Ottawa’s Chris Neil. Steaming piles of monkey crap. A far cry from names we heard before like TJ Oshie.

Get nice and comfy. This team isn’t going anywhere.

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Now What?

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As the confetti from the Patriots Super Bowl win is being swept up, we try and look ahead to what’s on tap besides more snow. Sure spring training opens in 10 days, but I’m not all too excited about the Sox. But before we jump to them, let’s take a look at the Garden.

We have the Bruins who are skating towards another first round loss should they squeak into the playoffs. And if somehow they miraculously sneak through to the second round, Montreal is going to stomp all over them.

They wrapped up their season series with Montreal on Sunday night with another Tuukka loss to the Canadiens. Tuukka now stands at 3-13-3 against Montreal in his career. A great stat for a goalie you’re paying $7 million a year and a team you’re forced to play in the playoffs almost indefinitely thanks to the new format.

So I’ll keep watching, but they certainly won’t be hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup anytime soon. Chiarelli screwed the pooch with the cap and the team isn’t recovering.

So we turn to their Garden tenants the Celtics. Fresh off their lottery pick last year, we were rooting for the same this year. After trading Rondo and Green we were even more hopeful that the team would go all Tankapalooza again and get into the lottery. But a funny thing happened on the way to the lottery; they started winning.

So while teams like Philadelphia, New York, the Lakers, and Minnesota are in full on tank mode, the Celtics keep winning games. Enough games now that they’re nipping on the heals of the eight seed in the Eastern Conference.

That’ll push them certainly out of the lottery. But their winning isn’t helping their chances to get a high pick either. As it stands right now they have a 1.1% chance at getting that top pick. And they don’t have the Cleveland “luck” to snag that #1 overall pick year after year even from the 10 spot.

So really we’re in that sports black hole that we usually have to wait till baseball’s All-Star break to find. We have our winter sports teams set to go no where and then a baseball team with no pitching come the spring.

At least we have the NFL draft to look forward to.

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Beat Down

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Ouch.

I watched most of the first period after realizing the game was on NBCSN instead of NESN. I flipped away at the intermission and forgot to flip back. Then I had this text exchange with my wife:

“Are you watching the Bruins?”

“I was, why?”

“They suck.”

I flip back over and see that they’re down 4-0. What the hell happened?

Apparently Phil Kessel happened. Along with a slew of other players just lighting the lamp and chasing Tuukka from the game.

The Bruins have treaded water against the crap teams with all their injuries but last night they played a decent team and got rocked. 5-0 halfway through the second on the way to a 6-1 beat down is ridiculous.

Now there’s the rumblings that Chara is done for the year. If that’s the case they’re really lost this season. Hopefully the rumblings are just lies.

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NHL Awards

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Sure the EA Sports NHL 15 cover isn’t an award, but it is something announced last night during the NHL Awards show on NBC Sports.

Like I said last night, I’m very happy that it’s Bergeron instead of Subban because I’d have a hard time buying it with Subban on the cover. When they had Subban and Bergeron standing there, I had the brief thought that they’d put both like Madden did a few years back with Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals both on the cover.

Bergeron also walked away with the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward and NHL Foundation Players Award for his charity work. His charity award win was almost ruined by a deranged Cuba Gooding Jr on the stage. I don’t know if he was drunk or high, but he was an unwelcomed addition to the broadcast and will likely not be asked back.

Tuukka Rask also took the Vezina for best goaltender. The only Bruin not to win his award was Chara for the Norris and I think that was weak. Duncan Keith won it only because he had 21 more points than Chara. It’s become the best offensive defenceman award instead of the best defenceman.

Overall it was probably the most awkward two hours of television. George Stroumboulopoulos SUCKED as the host. The “celebrity” presenters were weak, and the whole thing seemed like it was thrown together in a couple hours. The producer should be fired, the host replaced, and like I said Cuba Gooding Jr shouldn’t be allowed near the awards next year.

But a great night for Patrice Bergeron all the same. Congrats to him and Tuukka Rask on their individual achievements now let’s get the Cup back to Boston.

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