KEVIN GARNETT A BRUIN KILLER!

With the recent trade of Kevin Garnett, the Boston Celtics join the Red Sox and Patriots as teams pushing for championships in their respective sports. On the outside looking in: The Boston Bruins.

ESPN recently ran a story following the trade of Kevin “The Big Ticket” Garnett to the Celtics and interviewed a Boston sports radio talk show host about the trade. He had some interesting thoughts, specifically regarding the significant moves three of the four major league teams in the Boston area have made in search of a championship. Of note:

CELTICS: The Celts picked up Kevin Garnett for a package of players and draft picks. Adding Garnett to the immense talents of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen gives the Celtics as dominant a top-3 as the league has seen in a long time. With the Celtics playing in the weak Atlantic Division, a rise to the top and high playoff seeding is certainly attainable and we all know that anything can happen in the playoffs.

PATRIOTS: The perennial favourite New England Patriots add Randy Moss to an already potent offense and dominant defense. Now Moss has shown that he can be a distraction on other teams, but the strong team chemistry he will find himself in with the Pats might be enough to keep him in line. There is no denying his talent and it is widely believed that he will bolster an already strong attack.

RED SOX: Following their 2004 World Series, the Sox have continued to add top shelf talent such as Josh Beckett, Dice-K, and J.D. Drew. As we saw at this years trading deadline, they are also willing to go toe to toe with the mighty Yankees, outbidding them for the services of Eric Gagne. The AL East leading Red Sox have only improved at the deadline and are looking like a lock to play some October baseball.

So, the fourth ‘major league’ team in the Boston area is … well … the Bruins. And after a 13th place finish in the conference, the Bruins went out and … well … traded for Manny Fernandez.

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There is no question that this once proud franchise is near or at an all time low. This franchise has appeared in 17 Stanley Cup Finals, winning five times. Hall of Famers that wore the fabled B include Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Cam Neely and Ray Bourque just to name a few. In a rich 83 year history, B’s players have won the Jack Adams award twice, the Calder Cup eight times, the Norris Trophy thirteen times, the Vezina seven times, and the Hart Trophy twelve times. (Source: http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nhl/boston/bruins.html).

And they trade for Manny Fernandez after a 13th place finish. I think we can all agree that it is going to be a long season for the Bruins and it will be a shame to watch this once proud franchise fade to black as its cousins all push for headlines, highlights and championships.


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