With the new slogan for the 2009/10 season, “Big and Bad are Back”, the Bruins gave their marketing department cause for concern opening night by portraying only one part of that slogan with a downright depressing 4-1 loss on Thursday night to the Washington Capitals.
From my seat in section 320, the Bruins appeared to have the jump on Washington for the first 10 minutes, but whatever pre-game adrenaline had been coursing through the veins of last season’s Eastern Conference Regular Season champions quickly faded. After Boston had a goal disallowed on quick whistle, the wheels simply came off. Continue reading
Here’s my first post…I’ve never written a blog before and blah, blah, blah…who cares, right?
Let’s talk hockey.
When the Chiarelli era began three years ago, I predicted that the B’s would reach the conference finals by 2009. They fell one goal short.
The key parts of the team are still in place and with or without Kessel, (most likely with) the Bruins have an enormous amount of young offensive talent as well as the top defenseman and goaltender in the league. But is it enough?
Thehockeynews.com recently picked the Bruins to win the East during the regular season; I’m not sold on this assertion. Perhaps my being a Boston sports fan leads me to be naturally skeptical, but here’s the deal: The Bruins are loaded with talent, but its young talent. Boston will rely on David Krejci to provide the bulk of the scoring this year. Phil Kessel, who remains unsigned, would only be able to join the team in December as he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery. Michael Ryder had a renaissance season last year but I don’t expect him to pot more than 25 goals this year.
More to the point, we all saw what happened to Boston when some of their key guys went down in the playoffs; without Matt Hunwick and Andrew Ference on defense vs. Carolina, the Bruins looked disorganized and it showed, losing in 7 games to an inferior, yet feisty Hurricanes squad. Therefore, Boston needs to remain somewhat healthy to remain strong Cup contenders.