Time for Peter Chiarelli to trade

It’s a big deal

The Bruins’ past two games revealed all too clearly that their team, as currently constituted, is just not the real deal.

Unchanged, the B’s — unless they happen to get mighty lucky — aren’t a genuine threat to win the Stanley Cup.

The second loss to Detroit told us far more than the first. The game in Boston was just one of those nights of misery when nothing goes right. They happen to even the greatest teams.

The 4-2 setback at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday was far more revealing and troubling. The B’s played hard most of the afternoon, executed their system pretty well, and made some good plays. They weren’t outclassed by the very classy and poised Detroit team, they just weren’t good enough to beat it.

Not that we’re saying anything that general manager Peter Chiarelli doesn’t already know, but Sunday’s loss adds new urgency to the necessity of him making a trade for a true impact player before the deadline, now less than two weeks away.

Chiarelli has said we can bet on the Bruins making a deal. But now the shortcomings of this team have been vividly displayed. The area in which help is most needed is on defense, where several players — Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid, Steven Kampfer — are either underachieving or being asked to play roles greater than their current capabilities allow.

The Bruins surely could use another difference-maker up front, too, a guy with speed and talent.

There is a clear indication that Chiarelli is more and more convinced his roster badly needs an upgrade in the way he has flip-flopped on the draft picks he is willing to deal. Up until a week or so ago, he was adamantly against parting with the pick of Toronto, which currently has the fifth-worst record in the league.

But last week, Chiarelli changed his mind. Quite properly so, because that pick might pry loose a quality player.

Indeed, as much as Chiarelli embraces long-range planning and has put his organization in a remarkably strong position (four picks in about the first 55 of this summer’s entry draft), he should be willing to peddle every single pick the B’s have to bring the players this team needs.

Bruins fandom has been remarkably supportive of this team. And why not? The B’s, inconsistent though they are, have produced some nights of absolutely marvelous entertainment at the Garden.

But after the disappointments of the past two decades — a 4-13 record in playoff series, no advancement to the conference finals since 1992 — there has to be a payoff this year.


14 Responses to Time for Peter Chiarelli to trade

  1. Boston_Bruins says:

    Haha I love how this ignores having a winning record against (almost) every playoff team in the east. So we lost to the Wings a couple times, big deal. The only time we'd play them again is if both teams make it to the finals, which likely is not going to happen. Not saying a move shouldn't be made but it's not because of a reaction to the past 2 games and I don't see why it would have to be something drastic.

  2. albertateams says:

    While I agree that the Bruins don't have to do anything drastic. If they wanted to shake things up a little what would it take for the Oilers to get Seguin?

    Edm: Seguin, Wheeler
    Bos: Hemsky, Smid, 2nd rounder

    or if no Seguin

    Edm: Coleburn, Wheeler
    Bos: Hemsky

  3. Tachmo says:

    I would do the 2nd deal. Wheeler is garbage. He is working hard and having a decent season, however he will be an absolute ghost come playoff team.


    Good to hear the Bruins are losing… thats what they get for beating up the Habs LOL… If the Leafs can beat  the Bruins and Habs win tonight, then my team will be the top team in the division!!!

  5. Boston_Bruins says:

    Kind of sensing a slide. While the offense has probably even picked up lately, the bread and butter of the team (defense/pk/goaltending) has done a 180 lately.

  6. hockeyhead says:

    you see seguin and colbourne as equal value?  sheesh.

  7. hockeyhead says:

    the montreal floppers deserve to get beat up as much as possible.

    this is hockey not soccer.

    so take the soccer ole ole ole chants and put them there…..bring john kordic  back from the dead and get some you know whats.

  8. albertateams says:

    So your too dumb to read a trade properly its not even close to the same deal. Use your head.  

  9. hockeyhead says:

    bery dum.

    and i appologize for not reading your speculated dream trades.

    i dont waste my time reading word for word trade rumors that are developed by fans.

  10. albertateams says:

    No, you just troll and make your self look like an idiot.

    Either trade is not that far off.

  11. hockeyhead says:

    and looking like an idiot really concerns me on the internet.

    i might lose sleep tonight.

    you are the one throwing names around.  i didnt say much to get you all huffy and puffy.

    the trades are far off.  THE BRUINS DONT WANT ANY OF THOSE BUMS.

    christ.  stick with your crappy alberta teams…..albertateams

  12. albertateams says:

    Proposing a trade on a trade site. My mistake.

    The Bruins are barely holding onto the divsion lead in the worst divsion in hockey, in a conference that is vastly inferrior to the West. (Your Bruins are 3-7-2 when they play against the west).

    Hemsky would add the play maker lost when Savard went down again, the secound round pick is going to be 31 or 32 so its like a late first and Smid is a serviceable d man with an expiring contract.

    If you don't add anything to the site and just troll please do everyone a favor and go to a different site.

  13. hockeyhead says:

    i do attend another hockey site. i used to add to this site years ago.  got sick of fanatic habs and leaf fans that are so into the kool aid they dont know if it is night or day.

    i think thomas kaberle is a much more realistic player the bruins will go for.

    the bruins will try and go with krejci and bergeron who SHOULD be the one and two centers despite any injury to an aging savard.

    i am well aware of the bruins situation.  and i am a realistic fan to know they dont have the horses to sell the farm for rental players that are not going to push them over the top anyway.

    if they waste prospects and torontos picks on a rental player or a over priced softee in brad richards then i will be very upset with their moves.

  14. albertateams says:

    Much better than trolling.

    I agree that Kaberle would do more but Burke is going to want to get the better of Chia if a deal is made. Hemsky doesn't play center he plays on the wing, if the Bruins could get Hemsky thier top 6 would look really good.

    Hemsky has 1 more year on his contract so he can't walk for nothing. Hemsky and a PMD aquired in another trade would make Boston legitimate cup contenders in the east.

    Its not really a waste if it gives the Bruins a shot at the cup for the next 2 years. Part of the benfit of playing in such a weak divsion is that the Bruins can more or less pencil them selves in as gauranteed to make the playoffs.
    Eventually the Bruins are going to have to take a gamble and they still have a very deep prospect pool to draw from. Having Seguin play 3rd line minutes is a waste of talent, the only way it makes sense is if the Bruins will trade away one of Bergeron (25) or Krejci (24) in the next few years. 

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