So ends the tale of the 2013-14 Bruins. I’m not going to analyze game 7 specifically because it would be a broken record at this point. Not puck luck, uninspired play, and catch up hockey. Those three things all happened again and a team doesn’t deserve to win when playing 1 good period of hockey over a 7 game series. Those are facts. Here’s to King Henrick beating Montreal.
So where does that leave us? This series was an eye opener for sure. I’ll try to answer some of these questions.
Iginla isn’t coming back. He’s going to chase his title. Don’t shed a tear over him. Say goodbye to Shawn Thornton. He makes 1 mil a year the Bruins have no business paying that 1 mil to a guy who plays 5 shifts in a game 7. Yeah he fights. So what. We need players that are going to make us able to go 4 lines deep in the playoffs because our 4th line got atrociously outplayed all series long. Bartkowski should be traded for a bag of sponge pucks. The guy is 25 years old and hasn’t figured out his positioning on the ice yet. Hockey is a young mans game and he’s running out of time to figure it out before we ship him off to Florida or Phoenix. I don’t know what Marchand’s deal is either. He was invisible more often than not this season and not just in the playoffs. Trade him to dallas so he can be with his boy toy.
The defense is going to be solid for years to come. Hamilton and Krug Patrolling that blue line will be awesome. Sodaberg is going to be a lot of fun to watch against non playoff teams next year after his coming out party this post season. Perfect blend of speed size and ability. He back checks too. It is possible to find these type of players that fit Claude’s system and can produce offensively.
Montreal isn’t going away so this roster needs some tweaks to it. I fully expect another run next year to at least this point. This season was a disappointment all in all. President’s trophy means nothing. In Boston, we play for championships and expect them from our teams. The higer ups know this so I am not worried about this team going forward.