Wednesday, July 04, 2007

summer survey

which do you believe:

a) pc has done an excellent job this summer

b) pc has done an awful job this summer

c) pc has been ok so far this summer

d) give the guy a chance the summer has just started

e) his hands are tied and he is doing the best he can

f) other



Blogger jimbuff said...

C - the B's never got any better yet but on the plus side he hasn't made them any worse yet either. Looks like basically the same team as last season - we should know what to expect from them.
However the summer isn't over yet so judgement should be made at the start of camp. As for now if nothing else changes it will not be a great season - struggle to be in a playoff spot to fall short at the end of the season.

1:28 p.m., July 04, 2007  
Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

I think he's done an awful job. I think his moves have been as inconstant as his team was last year.

Consider: he claims that Lewis didn't ride the players hard enough and pursue the forecheck. Ok, fine. But although a fine coach, I seriously doubt that Julien is the right person to solve those particular problems. Basically, Lewis was a poor-man's Julien.

Consider: he made goaltending his No. 1 priority for a team that couldn't manage to put one decent scoring line together on the ice and consistently struggled to score. And even then, he netted a goaltender who is at best a small upgrade over Thomas. Basically, he is now paying more for what he already had and may have given up a good prospect in Tiovanen in the process. There is no rational reason to do that except to appease the media or ownership who want to fell good knowing there is a "name," albeit a small one, in goal.

Consider: he has made it clear that he wants to trade the team's top scorer (who has proven to be compatible with his top center) to make cap space to sign a free agent. At best this strategy will be a wash. At worst the offense will be even less potent than it already is. Look for him to net a defensemen and given the current market for good defensemen, it's not likely going to be an impact move.

Consider: he claims that character is what he values in a player. Yet he traded the character guy (Premeau) away at the deadline last year and along thw way aquired black sheep players like Bochenski and Chistov. Note that Calgary--a team that knows character--just signed Premeau to an extension. Calgary get's it.

Consider: he told the coaching staff at the end of the season that he had carefully considered their future and that their jobs were safe. Then weeks later he fired them.

Putting that all together my conclusion is this: PC is not really running the team. He is allowing outside pressures to greatly influence his decisions, often overriding what he had previously planned (and common sense). Regardless if these pressures arise from ownership or from the Boston media, (as I suspect) I believe it is a recipe for disaster.

My grade for Chiarelly in his first 12 months: F

1:51 p.m., July 04, 2007  
Blogger TreeBob said...


Well i cannot beat the old guys post, so I will just say he hasn't done anything this summer to make me feel happy. He should have traded kalus for a good defencmen. I think our score ring is bad but they are underachieving as far as I see it. The defence just plain stank and it needs help. With the cap room we have left we will not be getting any help there.

I feel so sad for Thomas for being blamed for all the teams troubles. He did nothing to deserve this. I would say I hope he wins out the number one spot from Fernandez but then we are wasting 4.5 million on a schmuck sitting on the bench.

7:22 p.m., July 04, 2007  
Blogger Russ said...


Fernandez is a huge upgrade over Thomas. Goals against is automatically down, team plays better in front knowing that the soft break in goal off the glove, or the cheap bad angle shots that elude Timmay, are not going to happen.

Julien hold players accountable unlike Uncle Dave. This leads to adherence to the system put in place and no lacksadaisical play.

Chara plays like he's supposed to.

Bergeron is not playing injured.

The D is consistent through the year and not a mish-mash, with their #2 guy spending his shifts worrying about where his wife wants him to play.

Kessel and Bochenski benefit from full seasons on the ice.

Thornton makes B's fans forget about the floater who only showed up when he wanted to. This one skates through the boards, he has so much passion.

More trades happen later this summer, along with more signings. Some players may stand out in camp.


The end.

8:56 p.m., July 04, 2007  
Blogger TreeBob said...

Russ from that comment I think you are relaxing too much on this fine holiday! ;)

9:07 p.m., July 04, 2007  
Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

russ, you are right about one thing: it is only July and it remains to be seen... which of us is right.

I'll be reminding you of this post in 2008, when they hire a new GM. ;-)

12:46 a.m., July 05, 2007  
Blogger Russ said...

Yes, I really need to learn not to post after having a few adult beverages while at 4th of July cookouts :-)

And I'll be the first to eat crow when I'm wrong ;-) Of course, I prefer they make it to the second round of the playoffs while developing a stronger core of Bergy, Savard, Kessel, Chara, etc. But it'll be a while before we find anything out.

12:34 p.m., July 05, 2007  
Blogger TreeBob said...

Haha, I knew you were drinking Russ! You're great, it just wouldn't be the same without your opinions so keep them coming!

12:40 p.m., July 05, 2007  
Blogger Russ said...

Eh, odds are if it's a day whose name ends in D-A-Y, I've been drinking. It's just a matter of if I started drinking before noon or not ;-)

(PS THAT'S A JOKE. I'm kidding. I never drink* before noon.)

*Irish coffee not included

8:21 p.m., July 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:02 p.m., July 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Lewis was canned, Fernandez acquired to replace Thomas as a #1 and Thornton signed as an energy forward. Good job, so far.

10:15 p.m., July 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's add the acquisition of Schaefer for Donovan. An upgrade and a better fit in the roster.

11:30 a.m., July 17, 2007  

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