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After a very good start, the Bruins face their first real “challenge” this year, as they have to find a way to get out of a six-game losing streak as they lost, last night, 5-0 to the Thrashers.
We can say that injuries are at play here, but there’s no way to explain why the Bruins were so flat in their last two games. Of course the strong start by Bruins made the ownership dream about a playoff spot, but let’s face it: fans who were realistic knew that the Bruins would probably fall short in the end. Now, danger is awaiting. Why? Because the temptation of the quick fix (the Bruins trademark for about the last 10 years) could become a reality soon, way too soon.
Let me stress that there’s no need to panic and that the Bruins are simply learning the difficult lesson of “how to win” in this league. Being a competitive team means that your players will find a way to get out of a slump very quickly. So far, no one has an answer and the team’s goal-tending performance is subpar (as I expected, I must say ).
Rumors are flying all over place fueled by Peter Chiarelli’s comments where he said that he could pull the trigger on a trade involving prospects if the right player(s) come along. This comment is extremely bad news for the Bruins fans. Bruins fans are a special brand: They know when the ownership starts to put pressure on the GM and how the result is disastrous when a trade has to be made in these conditions. Anyone remember the Joe Thornton trade? Anyone?
Now, players like Lashoff, Hunwick, Kessel and Rask can be dealt away for the right offer. A sense of deja-vu anyone? The quick fixes: “we have to make the playoffs at any cost” strategy and the “forget the long term plan we want to win now” plan… Well, again and for the 100th time, it won’t work. Add to this situation the fact that Chiarelli was robbed in a couple of his trades and you can see how lethal this situation could turn out to be for the Bruins.
It’s too bad to see the Bruins and the ownership start to panic, again, instead of doing the right thing: build for the long term. This team was bad, for the last 10 years, and now that they have a chance to improve, yet they will probably make poor decisions and subsequently lead the team into another “setback” mode. I don’t know how this situation will pan out, but one thing for sure: if this losing streak continues, expect a dumb move by the Bruins, very soon. When it’s dumb, it’s called Bruins…