The problems of Boston Bruins this season of 2014/2015, simply go deeper than just trading a player for another player, just cause you think it may shake up the team?
What your average fan and most sports media so called know it all’s tend to forget is, there is a lot more to a hockey team than the production of a player. Team chemistry and that special bond between the players goes without saying, other than the Edmonton Oilers of the early 1980’s, which had a team of superstars and just pick a guy including number 99 Wayne Gretzky, you can make a case that this was the best team ever put together in the history of the NHL. Teams like that today will never exist again, reason being is free agency and the salary cap of each team, plus the fact that their team chemistry wasn’t needed as their talent outweighed it by a landslide.
Team chemistry was what the 2004 Red Sox was all about, they weren’t the most talented team but they played for each other and pulled together when they needed to the most, Guys like Kevin Millar (cowboy up), Jonny Damon to name a few and the nick name they gave each other (the idiots), goes to show the team chemistry this team had and what made them a special team, to end the Red Sox drought after 86 years and win the World Series.
This Boston Bruins team had this team chemistry in 2011 and won Lord Stanley cup, they still have the core players that fit the team chemistry, just that they let go three main guys that were part of their core and more importantly helped give this team an identity, of being hard to play against and being a “TEAM” on and off the iced. A good team with chemistry is like being a family and battling for each other every chance a situation arose, these three guys are Jonny Boychuk, Andrew Ference and Shaun Thorton, these are the guys that were part of the core and brought an identity to the team.
When you are missing your identity and struggling in the way you play as a team, the management has to be careful how they fix this and not trade the wrong guy and get back a guy that makes the situation worse, if you give me 20 Patrice Bergeron’s, I will show you a championship every year, this will never happen and you need to be very careful on how you add and subtract players, as this will affect the team for a very long time, until you get back the team chemistry and find the team identity once again.
Now with that said, Brad Marchand and his reputation is hurting this team more than it is helping, granted he has skill, but the reputation is out weighing the talent 2 to 1 right now, if you could pick up a player like Oshie of the ST. Louis Blues, for Marchand and throw in Jordon Caron to sweeten the pot, I would go for that trade all day any day, Oshie has good hands and would be a good fit for these Boston Bruins, put Oshie on the first line, bring Paille to the second line and bring up spooner to play for the big club on the fourth line. This gives you more speed, more craftiness (which leads to goals) toughness to dig the puck out of the corners to the front of the net, which will lead to more scoring, but what it gives you the most is, better team chemistry and even greater, a team identity that you are missing now. When you have a good core of player’s, that have a great team chemistry and a solid identity, plus a great coach with a winning system, now you have a championship team, which the Bruins had in 2011 and can get this back, with some little tweaking and not selling the farm to the highest bidder.
” Boston Bruins still have a good core of players, they just need a little tweaking to regain the chemistry and find their identity once again”
” The chemistry and identity out weigh talent on any team sport, without them you will never win a championship”