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In Defense of Chiarelli: Debunking 3 Myths about the Controversial GM

By on January 9, 2015 at 2:48pm

In what can be summed up as a disappointing season for the Bruins so far, the team has showed little signs of being a serious Cup contender and are on the cusp of not making the playoffs at all. The media and fans are quick to point fingers in all directions, but most notably the blame is going toward the General Manager, Peter Chiarelli.

Chiarelli, who has been known as more of a passive GM, gets criticized as being too committed to his core group, which limits the Bruins ability to make big deals. While this may be fair, this is for a good reason. The Bruins core is the reason we don’t need to make big deals. Outside of Chara, the core of this team includes Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Dougie Hamilton. All under thirty years old. A lot of teams would kill for a core like that.

When people want to blame Chiarelli for every single thing that goes wrong with the Bruins, I want to cringe. He’s an excellent GM. Is her perfect? Of course not. But he’s put together a great team overt the years with a track record of success. He took a crumbling franchise back in 2007 and slowly, steadily, and patiently built it into the team that won a Stanley Cup and a President’s Trophy.

So I took the time to lay out three of the main criticisms of Chiarelli and thrown in counter-arguments. Truth be told, it seems silly to me that we even have to have this conversation but that that’s the way things go.

1. Chiarelli got lucky when the Bruins won the Cup

This one drives me crazy. It fits right in with the age-old theme that when things are going well, people praise the players, and when things are going poorly, people blame the GM. Did Tim Thomas stand on his head during that Cup run and play out of his mind for a month and a half? Absolutely. He was incredible. A performance for the generations. And who signed Thomas, despite the fact that he was 34 years old and we had a young superstar in Rask waiting in the wings? Peter Chiarelli. Continue reading In Defense of Chiarelli: Debunking 3 Myths about the Controversial GM »

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Malcom Subban Recalled

It was announced this morning that backup goalie Niklas Svedberg was sent to Providence on a conditioning loan and Malcom Subban will back up Tuukka Rask in Boston. This will be exciting; Subban is obviously a highly prized prospect for the Bruins and did really well against NHL-level talent in the pre-season. They’re taking their time with developing the kid, and rightfully so, so it’ll be interesting to see what he can do. We have a game against the Canadiens in a couple weeks. Talk about a storyline…

All Star Game

Say what you want about the All Star Game, but any time that many elite players skate together on the same ice it’s something cool to watch. Patrice Bergeron represented the B’s well, notching a goal and 4 assists in a dazzling 17-12 game. It’s hard to believe that this was his first All Star appearance but he just displayed once again how talented and under-appreciated he is in this league. I’ve said it before, but he could absolutely be a point-per-game player if he was given free reign to score and not worry about two-way play. Continue reading Malcom Subban and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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Last Thursday, the NBA announced the starters for this year’s NBA All-Star game, as per the popular vote of the fans.  While the majority of this year’s selections seem fair, two of the most polarizing of choices, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, are members of big-market yet borderline-abysmal teams.

Social media and members of the NBA family alike, have voiced disapproval at the selection process, pointing primarily to the appointment of Kobe Bryant’s role as a starter, despite his civilian-level shooting percentage of 37%.  While Kobe Bryant has since torn his rotator cuff and is likely out for the remainder of the season, the point still stands; the current process is a popularity vote that has little to do with each player’s current production in the NBA.

Perhaps most outspoken of the voting processes’ opponents is Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban.  Cuban sees the overall lack in interest from fans to voting as perhaps the biggest reason for its flaws. Continue reading NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced, Illustrate Flawed Selection Process »

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Despite dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to the Avalanche on Wednesday night, the Bruins head into the All-Star break playing some of their best hockey of the season. In their last eight games, they have won six and lost another in a shootout. They have registered points in nine of their last ten games overall.

A major reason for this is that the Bruins best players are consistently playing up to their capabilities. Tuukka Rask has been brilliant in net, posting a .946 save percentage in the month of January. Milan Lucic has had a fire lit under him and since the Bruins played Pittsburgh two weeks ago he is a plus five with three goals and four assists. He is playing with his trademark physicality and aggression which has been a cornerstone of the Bruins success. Patrice Bergeron has continued his excellent play and has been rewarded as the team’s only All-Star. Continue reading Bruins Head into All-Star Break Playing Well »

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As Spring Training fast approaches, here is a a look at how the Boston Red Sox are building a better team for the 2015 season. These Red Sox wrap up articles will be featured at the end of each week in the march up to  and during Spring Training. 

The Boston Red Sox front office completed a busy week signing pitchers Rick Porcello at $12.5 million and Junichi Tazawa for $2.25 million. These contracts helped avoid arbitration, something the Red Sox consistently try to do.

Continue reading Red Sox Wrap-Up, Jan. 12-18: Porcello, Tazawa Sign; Butler Traded »

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Green Bay gave up a 16-point lead, a Championship Round record. There's always next season. (http://hd4desktop.com/)

The Conference Championships are complete, and the Super Bowl is set. Seattle completed a record-setting comeback over Green Bay, and saving Russell Wilson from a quarterback rating of literally zero. The Patriots slaughtered the Colts with a completely demoralizing second half in a rainy New England night later on to advance to face Seattle in Arizona.

While the Pats game didn’t do too much in our standings, the Seahawks sure did; with the Packers not walking away with the win, those who picked Seattle saw their stock on the rise quite a bit, particularly those who correctly guessed a total of five touchdowns in the game (and those who saw a minor day overall for the passing game).

With the shakeups, be sure to check below for the updated results, and come back in two weeks for the Super Bowl selections. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Conference Championship Results »

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The Conference Championships are here. The Patriots face the young upstart Colts, while the Packers visit Seattle as they did for the season’s first game. The round has a great mix of great offenses and defenses, which will certainly make for two great games.

For our picks, one game was easier to pick than the other, which caused a split vote from our panel. Either way, the defenses in Seattle are thought to make that game less of a shootout than their New England counterparts.

As before:

  • Successfully picking the winner of each game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams COMBINED in each game is worth one point if guessed to within one, or two points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the total number of yards thrown in each game by WHICHEVER quarterback throws the most is worth one point if guessed to within 50, or two points if guessed to within 10, or five points if guessed exactly right.

So with that, check out the picks below, and come back later in the day after the games are finished for the results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks – Conference Championships »

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David Pastrnak and Bruins Weekly Roundup

January 14, 2015 at 1:48pm in Boston, Bruins, NHL
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Rookie Pastrnak shining

In an effort to spark some offense from his roster, coach Claude Julien mixed up the lines and now has David Krejci centered between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. It’s worked well, as Pastrnak scored the first two goals of his career this weekend against the Flyers and added two more last night against Tampa Bay. Both showed excellent hockey IQ and a knack for the net that bodes well for his future as a Boston Bruin.

Part of me is hesitant on getting excited about this young, talented winger who can score because I saw how the front office dealt with Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin. However, I believe he has the talent to play a more complete game than either of these two and has shown great energy so far. He’ll need to bulk up, but he has time. After all, he is the youngest player in the league. Hopefully, we’ll be watching this kid score in bunches for the Bruins for years to come.

Patrice Bergeron an All-Star

Is it really his first ever selection to the All-Star team? That baffles me. Well deserved, though. Patrice Bergeron has been a tremendous player for year and he excels in really every facet of the game. I honestly believe that if he went to another team with a run and gun offense and he didn’t have to worry about his two-way play (cough, Tyler Seguin in Dallas, cough,) he could put up 80+ points every year. He’s that good. Continue reading David Pastrnak and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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