Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Toivonen sent to minors

Well, so much for letting Toivonen grow with the team. I've got a better idea. Why not send any defenseman who's first name doesn't begin with a "Z" to the minors instead?

I don't know where this leaves the Bruins, goaltending-wise. Tim Thomas may be the present, but he's not the future. Rumor has is that the unspectacular and also-not-the-future Brian Finley has been brought up from Providence to replace him.

So now the Bruins sit at the bottom of the Northeast standings with their (possible) goalie of the future demoted to the minors. So what now? The Bruins panicked on November 30th of last year when they traded Joe Thornton to the Sharks. Will they stay the course and try to right the ship internally, or are more drastic changes in the works?

Stay tuned.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right the ship internally? They have no goaltending in Providence to help them. They might have 3rd or 4th line forwards but nothing to blow us away. They need help, outside, for their goaltending. I don't know if they will panic but there's lots of empty seats in the arena do i expect Chiarelli to do something very soon. TT and Toivonnen proved that they cannot handle the load of work...

5:21 PM, November 07, 2006  
Blogger Doobie said...

Goaltending is only a part of their problem. If the skaters in front of them continually break down and leave them vulnerable, there's only so many miracles they can work.

How do you fix it internally? If the answers aren't in Providence (skaters or goalies), perhaps a change to a more defensive game to protect the goal. Maybe even a coaching change, although that's probably too soon (unless it's an assistant).

The problem is that there may not be many external options, especially if you're a last place team, unless you're willing to trade for the future and unload Murray for some prospects. Going the opposite way to *get* top notch players just isn't something a last place team should do.

Besides, it's still early. I don't think a panic button should be pushed in early November. When they traded Thornton at the end of last November I thought it was too early then so I definitely think it's too early now.

6:16 PM, November 07, 2006  
Blogger jimbuff said...

I'm sure that we could get 3 or 4 good players for Chara now. We have to act quick before the rest of the league realizes what Ottawa and now Boston knows - he is severly overrated!
7 million a year to watch someone run around in circles - get real!
Also lose the coach - Lewis has no system and can not even decide on steady lines - to much team confusion created by him.
Forwards will come along, in my opinion - just give them a little more time before doing something stupid. Defence sucks!!! Change them all. Goaltending - I am waiting to make an opinion here. I know that they are not playing the best right now but alot of that has to do with "Z" and the other slugs on "D".

7:17 PM, November 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed about the fact that Lewis, with his juggle, prevent any chemistry among the forwards. I think it's a bit hard to go after Chara since this guy is playing 30 min + per game. What do you expect; he cannot stop pucks or score 3 goals a game. Chara is going nowhere.

The defense might be bad but there's good players in that D squad. So, i would be inclined to blame the system more then the player in that case. I think it's Hadscheid who's in charge of the defensive aspect of the team...

10:38 AM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger TreeBob said...

We have 3 legitimate, experienced d-men, yes. Then we have 3 inexperienced rookies, and 2 boobs.

If we get Mark and Brad back to full health then things might improve. With Mark though it adds one more inexperienced rookie and lately our rookies have been coughing up the puck. Jurcina seems to be falling apart and I am not sure what is going on there. He may benifit from some time in Providence as well.


I am with you on Chara. Yeah he has made some mistakes but he is still the best Boston has at the moment by a mile. You may well be right about the "system" being the problem, but I am not an expert in that field, so I could not say.

Bottom line, our D sucks!

3:39 PM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Doobie said...

Also, we can't forget penalties and our penalty killing units which are the two things causing them the most grief right now.

It's difficult enough keeping the puck away from your goaltender when you're a man (or two) down, and it's even more difficult when the units out there don't seem to be that proficient in the art of killing penalties.

4:10 PM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Latrappe said...

Regarding Jurcina... He have lots of ice time, last year, because Sullivan falled in love with him. This year,at the training camp, he showed some problem with his footwork and speed. Like you, i have no clue what happend there. It is mental or technical? With the emergence of Lashoff, who did very good, and the arrival of Mark Stuart; Jurcina will probably be the odd man out. Maybe he will be packaged with another player in a deal...

1:13 PM, November 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas deliever another GEM against Toronto. On the first goal, he forgot to deflect the pass who crossed his crease. That's a very basic play. In fact, i look at this goal almost 20 times and the puck was inches from his stick. That's what happend when your goaltender doesn't have a legitimate techic...

7:17 AM, November 10, 2006  
Blogger neb said...

ok thomas might have been able to deflect the pass....but what the f__k is chara doing just giving the puck away on that play and why is the guy alone cross crease...blaming thomas is too easy use your head...

12:25 PM, November 10, 2006  
Blogger TreeBob said...

anon get a name so we can bitch at you properly! :)

What goal are we talking about here, the second one?

3:37 PM, November 10, 2006  
Blogger neb said...

first goal...chara coughs puck that gets across crease- you may not know what the crease is because bruins rarely go to this exotic land, its painted pretty blue and its where you should have to pay to play...

12:29 PM, November 11, 2006  
Blogger TreeBob said...

The Bruins go to the crease, but as you may have noticed on the second goal they (Mara) just stand there and watch the other team score goals.

12:33 PM, November 11, 2006  

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