The holiday season is upon us, Bruins fans, and despite last nights 4-3 loss to the Ducks, the Bruins currently sit in 8th place in the East, but the playoff fight is sure to come down to the last week or so, as it has for the last couple of years.
With that in mind, here is a quick, quality over quantity, holiday wish list for the Bruins that should get them to the playoffs this year, and hopefully set them up for more success next year. We go …
1. Health: The Bruins have been reasonably healthy this year, so far, despite a nagging injury to Patrice Bergeron and some other assorted injuries to John Michael Liles and Frank Vatrano. But the B’s have to hope that Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara, Bergeron, Marchand, Pastrnak all stay healthy. A long-term injury to any of these guys and forget about it.
2. Playoffs: Some feel like making the playoffs isn’t much of an accomplishment, but given the last two years it would be a positive step in the right direction, certainly for some of the younger guys, and to help wash the stink off the past two seasons. Sure, they likely won’t go far, but you never know.
3. Add/Remove Talent: This goes for not only this year, but next year as well. Sure, the Bs are right now a borderline playoff team, but what if they go out and acquire a scoring forward, and/or a defenseman? Then don’t they become “The Team No One Wants to Play?” Lord knows there likely won’t be much out there at the deadline, but Sweeney would be remiss if he didn’t add to this team, and he likely will. Hell, he added John Michael Liles and Lee Stempniak to last year’s debacle, and all things considered the Bruins are better, albeit slightly, this year.
As for removing talent, thank the maker for the expansion draft, as it will likely give the B’s a get-out-of-jail-free card to get out from under some bad contracts to Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller and Jimmy Hayes. Plus it’ll make room for some prospects, like perhaps Charlie McAvoy, next year.
4. Play/Sign the Kids: The Bruins have done a much, much better job integrating some younger guys this year like Brandon Carlo and Austin Czarnik, and should do the same for other younger guys they think can play this year. And it’s imperative the B’s sign some of their college players, like Anders Bjork, to contracts and get those guys in the fold. Not only is this good for the future roster, it gives the Bs flexibility to get a more established player in a trade should one become available.
5. Sign Pasta: DUH
Happy Holidays everyone!