Bruins still a no chemistry team?

The Boston Bruins were a failure last year, but not because of lack of talent, they were failing when they had Murray, Thornton, Samsonov, Leetch, Bergeron, Boyes, Boynton, Zhamnov, and McEachern, and continued to fail when Thornton was dealt for spare parts Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, and Brad Stuart. The problem has never been talent, but chemistry.The Bruins have now signed Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara, and it makes me wonder, do they realize signing the two biggest names they could get their hand on DIDN’T work last year, and it won’t work this year?

Marc Savard is a solid centreman, but not terriffic away from Ilya Kovalchuk, although could spark something with Glenn Murray, except Murray is the same type of player, he needs a good centreman to be the 4 million dollar player he is, and if he doesn’t have that star centreman, he scores 20-25 goals and is worth about 2.5-3 million. So will Savard and Murray play well together? That remains to be seen.

People said right off the bat the Yotes won the Mara for Boynton deal, but I’d have to disagree, Mara is a solid offensive defenseman, Boynton is just a big annoyance. They helped themselves there, and it’ll be good for Chara, it’ll be easier for him to get a big shot on with another offensive minded defenseman.

But should the Bruins make the playoffs, Zdeno Chara is another Senators resident choker. His physical presence is good and all, but once the playoffs come he fumbles the puck, and starts to miss some checks. He’s a fantastic defenseman to have for his size alone when it’s the regular season, but he won’t get them deep into the playoffs.

Boyes and Bergeron are two good young players, and I really like Bergeron, and I met him at the HHOF, and even though I only talked to him for a minute, he seemed like a real cool guy. He will obviously be the offensive leader for the Bruins, but a 73 point guy being your offensive leader doesn’t make a good playoff spot. Unless you have 11 other forwards with 70 points……

Brad Boyes, he had a good rookie year, but don’t get THAT excited Bruins fans, he was a 23 year old rookie. But you can at least expect a 70 point season.

The biggest problem, is the Bruins being thrown together, and not a team that has developed over a few years, even if they win the Presidents trophey and the Stanley Cup, they’ll start the season slow.

Their goaltending concerns me, Tim Thomas came out of nowhere for a brief hot streak, and Toivonen was a rookie, remember the last good rookie goaltender for the Bruins? Now he’s an iffy Leafs goalie…

My official prediction is 5th-9th place.


85 Responses to Bruins still a no chemistry team?

  1. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Laughing at the thought of Sundin being a super star? Sundin scored 78 points in 70 games, and played half blind in alot of his games. He was on pace for 91 points as it is. You aren’t gonna tell me that isn’t a super star.

    First of all, Buffalo (hate em but I gotta say) is gonna own Montreal and Ottawa, the Sens are a shell of their former self. Even the lowly Leafs are better then the Bruins.

  2. paty says:

    How do you know if the Bruins have chemistry or not? The /06 team has only a few remaining players from last years team. The defence looks strong replacing Gill and Boynton who were constantly in the penalty box because they couln’t keep up in the “New NHL”. Everyone says Savard will never repeat his numbers from last year??? Was it that long ago he was winning back to back scoring races in junior? It takes most players a couple of years to hit their stride. “Montreal still sucks even with Samsonov!!!!”

  3. BruinsDude says:

    New Enforcer in Town

    While the Bruins have concentrated on adding speed and skill to their lineup this offseason (as well as quite a bit of size in the form of 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara), the club may have finally added some more snarl as well. According to the NHL Players Association Web site, enforcer Wade Brookbank has been added to the Bruins roster.

    Brookbank, an unrestricted free agent, played last year with Vancouver, where he collected one goal and two assists along with 81 penalty minutes in 32 games. He was also a plus-3 and added 17 hits and seven fighting majors while averaging 4:56 of ice-time. For his career, Brookbank has played 61 games in the NHL with Nashville and Vancouver, collecting 3-2-5 totals with 214 PIMs, 24 fighting majors and a plus-2 rating. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is primarily a defenseman, but has also played forward. Brookbank, 28, is well-regarded as an enforcer, but was sidelined several times last year with concussion problems.

  4. nova_scotia123 says:

    What if………every teams excuse.

  5. nova_scotia123 says:

    I agree with most of your coments. But I am by no means sold on thier goalies. They are unproven. Their forwards have potential to be better then average. The defense is anchored by Chara and Mara. Which should give them a chance. But by no means is the goalies proven yet.

  6. nova_scotia123 says:

    I agree with most of your coments. But I am by no means sold on thier goalies. They are unproven. Their forwards have potential to be better then average. The defense is anchored by Chara and Mara. Which should give them a chance. But by no means is the goalies proven yet.

  7. nova_scotia123 says:

    I agree with most of your coments. But I am by no means sold on thier goalies. They are unproven. Their forwards have potential to be better then average. The defense is anchored by Chara and Mara. Which should give them a chance. But by no means is the goalies proven yet.

  8. EmptyNetter says:

    MADAME LEAFY: The good news is your team will win the President’s Trophy and the Stanley Cup this season.

    BRUINS FAN: What’s the bad news?

    MME LEAFY: They lack chemistry and will start the season. . . slow.


    All seriousness, props to Leafy for writing a Bruins article. Chemistry will figure into this season’s concerns, but the most important reactions will be between Murray and Savaaahd, and between Dave Lewis and the team. Bruins need a second scoring line. Period. Aside from the month that we had Nylander centering Bergeron and Samsonov the Bruins haven’t had a strong second line for as long as I can remember. Glen Murray is an average skater, and if he doesn’t click with his centerman he’s useless. $5m is a lot to spend on a playmate for him and they still don’t have a LW for the 2nd line. Boston desparately needs more scoring options.

    Which brings us to Dave Lewis. Mike Sullivan’s team was good defensively down the stretch but there was a lack of scoring and almost no physical play — this has to change. Besides, the team has no captain and a young core of players so there’s no strong identity yet. It’s up to Lewis to create an identity for his team and to be the guy until a leader finally steps forward. Making the playoffs isn’t really a concern for me right now (as a fan). What’s important is watching the pieces fall into place. Goals for this season are find a captain, get more scoring from the other 3 lines and earn a nickname — it’s just too hard to live up to the Big Bad Bruins moniker. Oh, and make the Montreal – Boston games worth watching again. The rivalry is on life support after going 1-7 against the Habs last season.

  9. duffman29 says:

    toivenen and thomas will be a good goaltending pair, thats how you’re a fool……you fool

  10. duffman29 says:

    i think i’ve heard enough about the “no chemistry” thing. I really think chemistry is a little overrated. Also other than Chara and Savard the rest of last years team is pretty much still together, so i dont really get all this talk about there being no chemistry. This team is better than they were last year and will do fine, also im pretty sure toivenen will be the starter so why are all these people talking about how thomas sucks and the bruins goaltending isnt great? thomas is the backup and a solid one too.

  11. Habroller says:

    say what?

  12. Habroller says:

    I guess you wanted to be sure to get some replies, fearing a lack of attention. Well, good one!

  13. Habroller says:

    Of course, I meant that to jody…

  14. BruinsGM says:

    Although this is true, I can’t help but forget about his 0 pt performance 2 playoffs ago in that 7 game series with Montreal, which the Bruins lost. Rumors said he was hurt, but ZERO points, AND you lose game 7!!!

  15. EmptyNetter says:

    I was surprised to see so many FA’s being signed, thinking Chiarelli would leave some spaces for the prospects. I’d love to see Kalus or Kessel get that 2nd LW position but rumors are they made an offer to Sykora. I’d rather spend the money on resigning our 1st liners + Brad Stuart to long term deals.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing Raycroft & Gill play for another team. Maybe they’ll be great. . . but I don’t think so.

  16. jody200411 says:

    Guys it was a joke… do you think i’m that dumb? Thats reverse order

  17. Doctor says:

    Please. The bruins would be very lucky to get 9th place.

  18. Doctor says:

    “I really think chemistry is a little overrated. “

    Then you have never played hockey past bantam.

  19. 92-93 says:

    i actually do.

    it makes me feel important (lol).

  20. captainjoefish says:

    wow great support “please. the bruins would be very lucky to get 9th place”

    wow you have some good reasons

  21. theoodyman says:

    definitely could not be more right. Chara is just a 12 foot tall goon. The only reason he is considered any good if because he can poke check from the other side of the ice.

  22. bruins121212 says:

    pfffff if they make 9th place buddy thell be their not high but thell be there, if you look at their team its one of the youngest in the league which means a good future and even now with bergeron and boyes their unstopable and bergeron is their next franchise player. their going to be a suprising team for 06-07 season

  23. samsdad says:

    actually i heard (on a boston newspaper website) that they were not interested in sykora…he would be a nice fit, but i think $$$wise it wont happen

  24. Beantown says:

    I truly love this site. I believe people come online and post comments on here and have zero to little idea of what they’re talking about. Yes, I’m a Bruins fan but this goes beyond that. I’ve read posts on here from tons of people who like many different teams and everyone has the same, uneducated comments for them: the Leafs suck, the Bruins suck, Ottawa is gay, and so on and so forth. At least have some creative comments to say about a post or about a team. Every team in the NHL has made poor trades, everyteam goes through rough times, and everyteam has a fan base. I’m all for commenting on teams but with insight, not some garbage like ‘Chara sucks’. Can you really back that up? Anyway, I’m sure people will rip into this post, much proving my point. But for those who get it, sorry to waste your time. Oh, I’ll be the first to admit, I’d be very surprised and happy to see the Bruins make playoffs this year. There, a fan commenting on his own team.

  25. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    those young guns you listed will put up anywhere from 30-80 points (barring injuries or scoring streaks, steen is likely only one who has chance to get 80) while you are better on paper i agree i just think the leafs will lose to many games by 1 goal.

  26. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    Agreed but scoring can you say it will stay the same or improve? if you do your on crack. Leafs did do a smart thing and go young for scoring thats good. Sundin Tucker to lead that group. but tucker is good for 30 goals sunding could do 70-100 points. and then the next best thing you got is Steen who barring a miracle can get 80 but is more likely for 65.

    i applaud the leafs for going into a semi rebuilding mode though. they got enough to stay competitive but truth is its anywhere from 7th – 10th again. then they need to get a scoring winger who is young in the off season.

  27. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    Savard and murray should have good chemistry and Chara long term is a strong leader for defence. Just tell him to actually play in the playoffs and not disappear.

  28. habsoverserver says:

    Bergeron had 73 points but he is yet to hit his prime. He could still have 100 point seasons. Not everyone is Ovechkin or Crosby.

    You can’t fault a team for signing better players. What did you want them to do? Sign underperformers? Bruins don’t plan to go deep into the playoffs. They want to get back into the playoffs and having chara and savard will help.

  29. Aetherial says:

    Yeah they really need another winger, probably 2.

    No, I obviously can’t say they will score more. I am hoping, as they are, that another year for the kids and a new coach, and a healthy Jeff O’Neil will lead to more goals.

    I actually find the Leafs a tough team to predict.

    If Raycroft returns to form, there is a chance they could become like the Sabres or Edmonton of last year (obviously not that good).. meaning they have a young fast forward core that may break out?

    Or, there is every reason to believe that they may end up almost like a clone of last year. I *think* they will fight for a playoff spot and that is probably as much as we can reasonably hope for.

    like I said, I just find them tough to predict this year.

  30. nova_scotia123 says:

    23 loses in 38 games really is a great stat. I guess I am a fool. I just don’t see these goalies stealing games. Its not like the Bruins had a bad team last year. Their goaltending could not steal games for them. Sure they lost a lot of 1 goal games. Now if these goalies were capabale of winning half of these 1 goal games, maybe they would have made playoffs and Thornton would still be a Bruin.

  31. cecilturtle says:

    Um, Boston’s going to love Savard :)! I mix those two players up all the time. Very similar type players that I wish were still both on the Rangers. I am very impressed by the Chara signing. I kind of wish the B’s resigned Gill to play along side him. Could you imagin Gill and Chara paired together? I dont see anyone being able to score off them!

  32. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    even if raycroft has a rebound year its logical to assume they wont go any higher than 4th. He will need to be on his game for the leafs to have a chance. get used to seeing 3-2 4-3 2-1 those types of games with the leafs.

  33. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    even then u got atlanta and rangers a little to low pal.

  34. EmptyNetter says:

    You’re not a fool but Thomas/Toivonnen isn’t the worst goalie tandem, either. Bruins’ biggest problem down the stretch was scoring. They would have needed Kiprusoff in net last season in order to win those games with the lack of goals scored. Hopefully the addition of Savard, Chara and Mara will help this season.

    I’ll say Toivonnen is still unproven — he looked good in the games he played but his season ending injury happened too soon for him to really show he could be the #1 tender. As for Thomas, I think he was just exhausted at the end because he was letting some real backbreaking goals in. Don’t know why they didn’t play Raycroft at all, just to give him a rest. I think he’ll do better with a more balanced schedule and since he and Toivonnen are friends they should split the games without any locker room drama.

  35. FrankTheTank3388 says:

    In all honesty, you can’t assume Toivonen is going to pull another Raycroft. Raycroft played like 2 games during the lockout, he was just insanely rusty. If you made Kovalchuk miss a whole season he would be nearly as good of a scorer. Toivonen did play and obviously proved he can play in the NHL, so he will do fine.

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