They are undoubtedly an elite team. They have a +21 goal differential (+10 5v5) and they are 5th in the league in xG%. It's also not sustainable. They are scoring approx .60 goals per game more than expected and are riding a bit of a pdo heater (1.04 is second in the NHL) bolstered by a 12% shooting percentage as a team. That's almost certainly coming down. They are also getting a 96% save percentage on the PK. They are giving up 13 high danger chances/60 on the PK (incidently best in the league) but have yet to give up a high danger goal. That's insanely good fortune.So.....how good are the Bruins? Is what they're doing sustainable in terms of the goal scoring? Obviously not going to keep a .900 point percentage up, but are they truly an elite team or are they a good team having an unbelievably hot streak?
I think before the season I thought if they could get to the playoffs with everyone as realistically healthy as one can be at that time of year, that they would be able to beat any team in the east. I think this start simply shows me that with a little luck (to go along with health) they can hoist a cup.I think they are playing at a 107-112 point level but getting results at a 150 point level. Regression is coming and it will likely feel bad but their real performance level is among the top 3-4 teams in hockey regardless
I think this is the most fun I'm having watching when the B's have the puck since...Fully admit the team is way more fun to watch and the results speak for themselves.
However, there are multiple ways to skin a cat (or is it a chicken)
Lindholm has been so incredible that I really think splitting him and McAvoy is the right answer (until the playoffs, perhaps. When you can deploy those two together and potentially neve leave the offensive zone).Curious to see if McAvoy skates with Lindholm (or another regular) today at practice. Month said he’s checked boxes, but not all of them.
Imagine the team moving away from the Grz-McAvoy pair because this one gives them even *more* offensive juice.
A temporary benefit of Frobot's contract.Forbort to LTIR + Reilly demotion would let them activate McAvoy. Reilly getting claimed suffices too.
Pretty wild:Saint Patrice Bergeron-Cleary
Back in 2004-05, Bergeron, now 37, was a 19-year-old teammate of Thompson’s father, Brent, with the Providence Bruins during the NHL lockout. Bergeron was a frequent visitor to the family’s home and even played street hockey with a 7-year-old Tage and his younger brother, Tyce.
Generally apropos of time off:I guess we'll see what Swayman's readiness is but with the light schedule and weak opponents I think I'd start Kinkaid or Swayman in both games this week. Ullmark is already at 13 games played and could use some time off.
Maybe it's playoff flashbacks, but I'd prefer to maneuver things so that all the defensemen stay in the organization. What's the consensus on Stralman? I dont think he's looked all that good, but it's really small sample. Is it worth keeping him around somehow to avoid having to play, say, Ahcan somewhere down the road?Once Swayman returns and Kincaid goes back to Providence then the Bruins will need to free up just under $1 million to bring Forbort back onto the active roster. They’re only carrying 22 players right now (13F/7D/2G) so they have the roster slot already.
I see 5 options:
1) Waive or Trade Smith. Waiver claim would clear $3.1 million. Forbort and Lauko return. They could also waive Stralman and bring Reilly back up as 8th D (Or not and bank more trade deadline cap space).
2) Waive/Demote Smith (if no one claims him) Providence assignment saves $1.125 million which is enough for Forbort but not enough to have a 13th F. Waiving Stralman would free up space for an additional forward like Lauko.
3) Waive/Demote Stralman. Creates just enough space for Forbort.
4) Trade Reilly (clears additional $1.875 million, enough to bring back Forbort with room to spare).
5) Trade Reilly and/or Smith, retaining some amount. I don’t like this idea as it cuts into ability to pay for bonuses this year and next. At least Smith is in the final year of his deal.
They might decide to trade someone else, who knows?
Oh, I know. Its impossible to keep all 9 in Boston, and very difficult to keep all 9 in the organization in the event of emergency.Keeping the D would be ideal but it's not really practical. There's 9 of them. If they are all healthy, that's very difficult to manage. There's not enough ice time to go around and it also strains the forwards because the team wouldn't be able to carry a spare forward. They could leave Reilly in the AHL and trim the mimimum to activate Stralman until another injury presents an opportunity to bring Reilly back up but that opportunity may never come and he's likely unhappy with the situation already. I'm not saying they have to bend over backwards to make him happy but burying guys in the AHL isn't a good habit to get into.
Stralmen hasn't been that good but he'd probably get claimed if they waive him. He's cheap, only signed this season and a veteran. There's a lot of attrition on blue lines across the league, someone would pick him up. Reilly keeps getting through waivers not because he's a bad player but because he carries a $3 million cap hit for this year and next.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/11/15/sports/goalie-jeremy-swayman-is-back-bruins-practice-appears-close-playing/He also saluted Nick Foligno, who is standing in for Swayman in the postgame goalie-hug ritual, for giving him a lift.
“I’ve got so many good things to say about that guy,” Swayman said. “Something a lot of people probably don’t know, I was on the train back to Boston from New York the next day. He texted me for my address and said, ‘My wife made you a ton of food and she’s going to drop it off.’
“I couldn’t believe it. When I got home, there’s a huge bag with like a gallon and a half of homemade chicken soup, like 30 turkey meatballs, a bunch of peppers and cookies and stuff. It brought me to tears, almost. It was really amazing.
“The character that he has, that’s something that I’m going to remember and definitely pass along my whole career, because I’m never going to forget that.”
Chicago wouldn't know anything about bad long-term defense contracts...KPD had mentioned Kane for Carlo / DeBrusk pre-season. I do that in a heartbeat and throw in a 1st / prospect, but I also think Carlo is bordering on negative value and has 4 years left at $4.1m
I believe the players knew it was going on and did nothing to stop it or support Beach. IIRC the players even mocked or joked about it in the room.I’m pretty sure Kane had no input / role into how that was handled.