Back in July, if I told you the Patriots would trade Logan Mankins (for a tight end the Pats don’t throw to), their best offensive lineman and the Bruins would trade Johnny Boychuk (for some 2nd round picks in ’15 & ’16), a top three defenseman, you would think I was smoking an illegal substance. Well it looks like Bill Belichick and Peter Chiarelli have been smoking the whacky tobacky. These two trades were made planning for tomorrow instead of trying to win today.
Both Logan Mankins and Johnny Boychuk probably would not be wearing the Flying Elvis or Spoked B come 2015, but why not try to win now with an aging Tom Brady and Zdeno Chara? It now seems that the championship windows of both of these franchises may be closing quicker than their fans would want to admit or stomach. The Patriots may have a disgruntled Tom Brady on their hands and the Bruins have their “core” intact (minus Boychuk now) but the rest of the supporting cast is not good enough to compete with the iron of the NHL.
Mankins and Boychuk are just two of many bewildering and dumbfounding moves made by “the Hoodie” and PC. Here is a quick list of the head scratchers of both teams:
- Allowing Wes Welker to walk
- Allowing Danny Woodhead to walk
- Signing Danny “They won’t throw to me” Amendola
- Undervaluing Emmanuel Sanders
- Leaving Aaron Dobson inactive for 3 out of 4 games
- Cutting Kenbrell Thompkins (who Brady actually TRUSTS)
These moves have left Tom Brady with no one to throw to outside Julian Edelman and a half powered Rob Gronkowski. This is of course if he has any time to throw with the turnstile of an offensive in front of him. Instead of surrounding a future Hall of famer with an arsenal of weapons (hello Peyton Manning), Brady is given the scraps from the bargain bin.