Boston Bruins: Finish Needed On First Line?


 

Entering the postseason, one of the few weak points of the Boston Bruins was believed to be their lack of speed. Needless to say, the issue plagued them throughout the postseason and was one of the main reasons leading to their demise in the playoffs.

The Bruins inability to match the speed of some of the new additions to the Atlantic Division coupled with a glaring problem of being able to finish  suggest changes could be happening sooner rather than later. One of those changes should happen regardless if the Bruins decide to bring back Jarome Iginla and that is providing the David Krejci line with more speed and skill.

In all fairness to Iginla, he was able to meet all expectations in the incentive-laden deal he signed with the Bruins. He was able to reach the 30 goal plateau as well as blend in with his teammates as if he had played with them for years. However, there were far too many instances in the playoffs where Iginla along with Milan Lucic seemed to slow the Boston Bruins down as opposed to generating offense(not to mention a couple of posts being rung).

What the Bruins ultimately decide to do hinges greatly on what they do with Jarome Iginla. As great as it was for Bruins fans to see; Iginla hitting all of the aforementioned incentives has left them with even less cap space to use towards next season. Some could say it might benefit the Boston Bruins to look elsewhere and try to find either a potential upgrade in free agency or to upgrade from within.

If the Bruins are going to attempt to make a significant upgrade at the forward position then re-signing Iginla is definitely not in the cards unless he took more than a substantial cut in pay. There are interesting parts down in Providence; most notably Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev, however both are not at a point where it can be expected they should produce on a nightly basis.

The Bruins need to find a remedy for what ailed them this postseason and could pose to be a bigger problem moving forward. The question is how do the Boston Bruins upgrade in their two weakest areas; speed and skill. The answer could potentially not have Jarome Iginla attached to it.

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  • Bratista

    I really wonder what sort of changes are going to be made. I was extremely let down by the Bruins this postseason. Montreal wasn’t the better team, we just didn’t put up a fight. We let them have game after game, with sloppy passes and minimal production. After watching the Bruins play like champs all year, to watch them play like such Sallies was just heartwrenching.

  • Willy

    There are players on the FA market that may solve what ails them but unless PC sheds some payroll theyd be hard pressed to sign one new player, let alone the 3 or so that they team needs. I would be fine with Iggy returning but not for that kind of money and not for the 1st line. PC says there wont be alot of changes, not sure whether to believe him or not but I would make several changes myself. They have far too many offensive minded Defenseman that just dont know how to play proper “D”. They are also too slow on “D”, more so than on offense. They dont have the answers in the Minors, at least not for their top line they dont, so they will be forced to either sign some players (after shedding payroll) or make a couple of trades to accomplish whats needed. Players like Florek, Robins, Fraser could play on the 4th, perhaps even the 3rd line but that doesnt help the other 2 lines.

    • bruinfan

      They have enough in house candidates that would help with the cap situation and instead you want to turn a solid picture into a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. You are over thinking what is easy to figure out. To many, you mean half their defensemen at most is to many. Of the offensive defensemen the only two that should stay are Hamilton, who is becoming a good positional defensemen, and Krug. You have no clue what a winning team is all about do you? You think the defenseman have no speed? Two names that prove you wrong are Hamilton and Krug. Are you saying they are slow? If so you need a new eye prescription.

      • Willy

        Is it impossible for you to carry on a hockey talk or debate w/o being condesecending? I dont care if you disagree with me but grow up and try to carry on a reasonable conversation w/o being a jackass.

        • bruinfan

          I call it being a realist and you have no idea what you are talking about. I call it how I see it also. Not condescending it’s reality. You were rude to me and you have no clear thoughts to speak of and that’s the truth. You are all over the place with your comments.

          • Willy

            You can be a realist w/o ripping into people for a different opinion, for spelling…that is being a jerk, bully, you name it but it isnt being an adult, grow up! Just try carrying on a civil conversation w/o inserting yourself so much and being condescending which you are.

          • bruinfan

            Bully I am not. a jerk yes. Condescending no I just think you make stupid comments that’s all. You did the same thing to me. You can be a jerk to me but you can’t take it when it comes back ten fold on you. Your are acting like a baby who lost its pacifier.

          • Willy

            You are incapable of carrying on an adult conversation and I dont want anything to do with a juvenile delinquent. Now leave me alone.

          • bruinfan

            I forgive you it is not your fault you are so hypocritical. It’s someone else. Just man up and apologize for being an ass to begin with and this is over and you never have to hear another comment from me that is as you say condescending. Bye the way I am in my thirties and you are in you late 50 so just apologize for your initial act and all is forgotten. End of story point blank.

          • Willy

            I have nothing to apologize for and I asked you to leave me alone! If you cant see that by calling a person “GM” or picking on spelling, grammar… when you make grammatical error after error, when you insert yourself as knowing everything about hockey and suggest that “My team” would be a cellar dweller for years insinuates you know more than everyone else while not allowing anyone else’s opinion to be heard, discussed, you cut them off at the knees but you want me to apologize to you and you call me a Hypocrite, get real, stop smoking Crack its bad for your health. I ask you 1 more time, LEAVE ME ALONE!

          • bruinfan

            That all was in response to your initial rudeness. You call yourself a realist but you can’t even realize what you are. I know who I am and what I stand for . I will continue to be an ass to people like you because you deserve it. Remember you had an easy out. Just be a man and admit your mistake, but you can’t even do that. You can call me a juvenile, a crack head or a bully but I apologized right away and just want you to admit you were an ass.

          • Willy

            You never apologized and I asked you to STOP responding and LEAVE ME ALONE!

          • bruinfan

            My bad is an acknowledgement of a mistake. I apologized right after I made the initial mistake and you were a rude jackass. You should respect people on the internet and not go off and call them names when you have no idea who they are. You are to blame for me not leaving you alone. Look under the comments section of the Marchand trade article from 8 days ago and tell me you never said anything! Don’t start crap you won’t have to finish it.

          • bruinfan

            You are not in a position to dictate to me.

          • bruinfan

            No just apologize for being an ass and I will stop

          • bruinfan

            Very capable just choose not to with a windbag like you. Keep showing your intelligence by just throwing idiotic names at me. I could care less but you were wrong and you say I am a delinquent but at least I can admit when I am wrong unlike you, but I’m somehow a delinquent. You don’t leave your house do you because the way you spit crap at people you would get your ass kicked and after starting crap you would then call the person a bully for doing it. You are no man you are not even anything just a scared little boy in a 50 year old body who feels big behind your computer.

          • Willy

            You have never apologized for anything nor admitted you were wrong. You started the name calling but apparently have forgotten. Just leave me alone already.