Fri, 17 April 2015
Cam Neely and Charlie Jacobs made the first good decision necessary to turn the Bruins’ fortunes around. They canned GM Peter Chiarelli. I’ve been saying this team may need to start over for months, conditioned upon how the regular season played out, playoffs or no playoffs, how deep they go in the playoffs. Hockey and professional sports in general are results based enterprises. Just like much of professional life, results determine your future, your salary, your position and relative power and responsibilities. And of course whether or not you remain employed.
This season’s result - the Bruins failing to make the playoffs heads have to roll. It is unacceptable in Boston to have a team fail that is supposed to be in their championship window. Chiarelli, and soon Head Coach Claude Julien, suffer the consequences.
Julien has to go for two reasons as I see it – for not adapting to the speed game the NHL is adopting and for not being willing and/or able to develop young forwards past and future.
If the Bruins are going to turn it around and get back to being an elite team in the east, they need to do a better job of bringing along and accepting the mistakes of young talented forwards Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak, not punishing them every time they don’t get back on defense quickly or effectively. Julien’s impatience with young forwards, as opposed to his patience with young defensemen, was evident in how he handled Spooner early this season, criticizing him the media and limiting his ice time.
The team needs offense! My concern is that Julien won’t develop Spooner and Pastrnak and we will see more offensive talent wasted, as has happened in recent years with Tyler Seguin and Phil Kessel. Julien is great defensive coach, no doubt, but he is not the coach to have in place if the team is going to move towards a faster game with more offensive potential.
Make no mistake, the players deserve a large slice of the blame pie too. Perhaps the biggest slice. They are getting theirs. Danny Paille and Greg Campbell won’t be resigned. There will be more changes coming.
Kudos Cam and Mr. Jacobs, bouncing Chiarelli is the right first move. Let’s hope more of the same is on the way.
Category:general -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT