I’ve gotten pretty tired of all of the various fans, radio stations, and media outlets complaining about Loui Eriksson. We get it, Tyler Seguin is having a great year in Dallas right now. We get it, Eriksson hasn’t lit the scoreboard on fire since arriving here.
In short; here is what I hear on a daily basis in regards to #21: “wah wah, piss and moan, Tyler Seguin, wah wah, why don’t we trade this guy? Wah”.
I don’t think people realize that value of having a guy like Eriksson in the lineup. He is a surefire top 6 forward on any team in the NHL, and he’s currently playing on the Bruins’ third line right now. Is that a waste? Nope, that is some pretty outstanding depth. Seriously; do you realize how fortunate the B’s are to have someone of his caliber on the 3rd line? Do people even comprehend how sick that is?
Okay, Loui hasn’t put up the numbers we all thought he would, but there are legitimately good reasons as to why this has happened yet. For starters; Eriksson has suffered two pretty brutal concussions this season. Show me one player who was able to come back from two concussions in a season who has played better than Loui has this season. You will be hard pressed to do so.
Let’s not forget the fact that he completely had his teeth re-arranged in a game earlier this season too. Oh, and let us not forget the fact that he is playing for a completely new team after spending his entire career in Dallas. Those transitions can be hard on players.
Jordan Caron is not the 13th best forward on the Bruins…he really is “The Batman”. Even though Caron has been more Riddler or Joker thus far in his NHL career.
Dougie Hamilton is not the young, puck moving defenseman of the B’s….his real identity is “Robin”. He should give the tights to Caron because Dougie is more super hero than super zero (Caron).
Not sure who Brad Marchand would be…I am thinking the Penguin.
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Hopefully by now all the crybabies are done whining over who the Bruins acquired on trade deadline day. In all seriousness, did you honestly expect the Bruins to land Thomas Vanek or Marian Gaborik? Could the B’s have done more to land a defenseman? Yes, but does anyone really consider Andrew MacDonald to be the guy? I don’t, in fact he wouldn’t be more than a bottom pairing guy on a good team.
I digress, after all we are here to talk about the latest additions to the B’s in defensemen Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter.
I’ll talk about the littlest fish first. Corey Potter is a solid depth pick-up off of waivers from the Edmonton Oilers. He is more of a back-up plan should one of the team’s starters get injured in the upcoming grind that is the March schedule. I would be surprised to see him play in a ton of games (if any) for the B’s, but it is nice to have a guy with some experience on a team with so many young defenseman.
Potter hasn’t played in a ton of NHL games, but he is the type of guy that can step right into the lineup on any given night if need be. In 15 games with the Oilers this season Potter had 5 assists in 16 games. The 30 year old Lansing, Michigan native has played in 120 NHL games, and has registered 8 goals, 24 assists, and a -9.
The Bruins landed a veteran to bolster their blue line. According to Dan Murphy of Sportsnet, Boston added Andrej Meszaros from the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Bruins give up a 3rd round pick to Philly.
Meszaros has been in the NHL since 2005 with 219 career points and he is a fellow Slovak countrymen of Zdeno Chara.
Start ordering those Meszaros jerseys…..
The NHL Trade Deadline is tomorrow at 3pm, and the Bruins are in need of a top 4 defenseman and perhaps another forward. The options are growing by the day, as players rumored to be untouchable are showing up in the rumor mills by the hour (hello Ottawa’s Jason Spezza).
It has been rumored lately that the Bruins’ top scout has been at the last three Columbus Blue Jackets games. The speculation has led to the belief that the B’s are taking a look at defenseman Jack Johnson. Johnson would not be a playoff rental like most deals that happen on deadline, but a player who would factor into the team’s plans for foreseeable future, as he is under contract for five more seasons.
Jack Johnson also makes a very affordable $4.35 million per season. In fact his salary is quite close to a certain Bruin in Loui Eriksson ($4.25 million per) who sat tonight. I’m not saying Loui will be dealt, because I think it would be shortsighted if he was, but you can’t ignore it either.
I think the B’s will also explore a number of options. In a past article I stated that Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timmonen and the Islander’s Andrew MacDonald would have been solid additions for Boston. MacDonald was traded to Philadelphia today, which means the Flyers (Timmonen’s team) are likely buyers looking to improve on their roller coaster first half of the season.
The Bruins have also been attached to certain forwards around the league like the Isle’s Thomas Vanek and the Jackets’ Marian Gaborik. Gaborik is a fellow Slovak and friend of captain Zdeno Chara, but he makes $7.5 million a season (he is a free agent after this season, so it does expire) and I just don’t see where the Bruins can fit him. The same goes for Vanek, who is also a free agent.
There is no doubt about it, 2014 is the year of Z. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is about to go viral yet again with the sequel to Sochi’s #PicsWithZdeno with #CharaShop.
SB Nation’s Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder is running a brilliant contest testing your photoshop skills with the Zdeno Chara picture above.
And the entries are just WICKED PISSAH!
So far Nick B. is in the lead with Jacko & the Hand Of God submissions!