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More than 100 reasons to hate the Bruins

Last year, I posted a blog post called 100 Reasons to Hate the Bruins.

Now, less than a year later, they’ve given us even more reasons. So heading into Game 7 tonight, I thought this would be a good opportunity to update the list and add a few more.

That being said, here are more than 100 reasons for you to hate the Bruins.

1. The 2011 Stanley Cup.

2. Cam Neely being in the Hall of Fame, despite not deserving it.

3. Cam Neely and Peter Chiarelli getting more screen time in the playoffs than Ron MacLean.

4. They have a winning percentage of above .500 for 33 of 37 NHL teams they’ve ever faced.

5. The only reason the Bruins beat the Habs in 94 was because Patrick Roy had appendicitis.

6. You like the fact Michael Ryder won a Cup, but hate it was with Boston.

7. P.J. Stock on Hockey Night in Canada.

8. You feel guilty about cheering for Happy Gilmour while he’s wearing a Bruins jersey.

9. Once drafted Shaone Morrisonn, whose name was misspelled more than any other NHL player in history.

10. Bruins fans thinking the comeback against the Leafs in the first round was the greatest comeback ever.

11. This song:

12. Homer announcer Jack Edwards.

13. Once had Mike Milbury as a coach.

14. Once had Don Cherry as a coach.

15. Bruins fans think the Boston Garden was better than it was.

16. Raymond Bourque. Hated that he was so good.

17. Marchand being too stupid to know what knee to grab after he dives.

18. Eddie Shore.

19. The Bruins four-game sweep of the Habs in 2009.

20. Owner Jeremy Jacobs.

21. Andrew Ferrence flipping off the fans.

22. This rally towel suit.

23. The 1972 Stanley Cup.

24. Nathan Horton for scoring the OT goal in Game 7 against the Habs in the first round in 2011. (He also scored the OT winner in Game 5. The bum.)

25. Forgetting to pay their power bill and having a blackout during the 1988 finals.

26. David Krejci once complaining about the ice after a loss to Montreal.

27. Mike Milbury hitting a guy with a shoe.

28. Thinking the Kessel deal was the biggest one-sided deal in NHL history (Note: not even close).

29. Chris Nilan was cool until he became a Bruin.

30. The three straight years in the early 90s they eliminated the Habs from the playoffs.

31. The Neely for Pederson trade.

32. This Kyle McLaren hit on Richard Zednik, and not being suspended for it.

33. Having a bunch of hall of famers (Paul Coffey, Brian Leetch, Guy Lapointe, etc.) finish their career in Boston.

34. Giving up nothing for Phil Esposito.

35. Fog games at the Boston Gardens.

36. Milan Lucic.

37. Terry O’Reilly in the Hall of Fame.

38. They raised a banner for finishing first in the East.

39. Eddie Lebec never actually played a game for the Bruins.

40. The 1970 Stanley Cup.

41. Never getting suspended for any of their illegal activities.

42. Causing Rocket Richard to be suspended.

43. Their ugly third jersey.

44. The Bruins used to get preferential treatment because of Colin Campbell’s son, Gregory, playing on the team.

45. The fact this was pas proven when emails were released where Campbell complained to NHL referees when his son got a penalty, and the NHL did nothing about it.

46. Marchand’s low blow hit on Sami Salo.

47. Marchand’s low blow hit on Alexei Emelin

48. The finger wagging in the 2011 playoffs after Claude Julien said his team would never do such a thing.

49. Their embellishing.

50. Claude Julien says his team would never embellish.

51. CBC hiring too many former Bruins.

52. Anthem singer Rene Rancourt.

53. Trading for Tuuka Rask.

54. Bruins fans tweeting racist things when Joel Ward scored an overtime playoff goal against them.

55. The racist reaction after Subban scored the overtime game winner.

56.  The 1941 Stanley Cup.

57. Phil Esposito. No reason, but I figure the greatest Bruins scorer in their history deserves to be mentioned.

58. Tim Thomas not going to the White House.

59. Derek Sanderson when he used to call Bruins games.

60. The Big Z is a stupid nickname.

61. Marchand diving.

62. Orring.

63. They don’t have any great nicknames for their players.

64. Having Brad Marchand as a player.

65. This Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty.

66. Chara not being suspended for that hit.

67. Dr. Mark Recchi saying MaxPac was faking his concussion.

68. Milan Lucic running away from Georges Laraque.

69. The 1939 Stanley Cup.

70. Ben Affleck is a fan, but admits to being a bandwagon jumper.

71. Dane Cook is a fan.

72. So is Mark McGrath.

73. Pushing Leafs fans down stairs.

74. The whining about the too many men on the ice call.

75. This song:

76. Brad Marchand punching a Sedin numerous times with no penalty. (I don’t mind the fact he kept hitting Sedin, just that he didn’t get a penalty).

77. Being happy Ray Bourque won a Cup with another team.

78. One Ranker.com guy has Jean Ratelle and Zdeno Chara as the two greatest Bruins of all-time.

79. Bruins fans are sore losers.

80. Once naming Jason Allison as captain.

81. Ric Flair’s wooooo after every goal, even though he has nothing to do with Boston.

82. Ken “The Rat” Linesman

83. Jack Edwards once comparing Matt Cooke to Sirhan Sirhan.

84. Andy Moog.

85. I just know I’m going to hate Torey Krug within a few years. I can feel it.

86. The 1929 Stanley Cup.

87. Thinking they’re a great all-time team even though they’ve won six Stanley Cups in 90 years.

88. Glen Murray as a Bruin. I just never liked the guy.

89. Bill Simmons will only write about hockey when the Bruins are involved in the Cup finals.

90. Milan Lucic’s hit on Ryan Miller

91. Never played Pascal Pelletier (from my hometown) more than six games.

92. Bruins goalies being sore losers when they lose in a shootout.

93. This Bobby Orr goal was not that great. He scored before he was tripped.

94. This photo is also overblown.

95. The year Milbury chose a bunch of undeserving Bruins for the all-star game.

96. By eliminating the Leafs in the first round last year, we got to see less of April Reimer and Elisha Cuthbert.

97. Spoiled the Subban name by drafting Malcolm Subban.

98. Shutting off the hot water for visiting teams in the old Boston Gardens.

99. Shawn Thornton thinking he’s part of a code, saying “People could probably criticize that I’m a little too honorable.”

100. Then he does this.

101. And this.

102. Terry O’Reilly going into the stands to fight someone.

103. Their mascot is second-rate compared to Youppi.

104. You conveniently overlook the fact that Jacques Plante once played for them.

105. People thinking Rask is better than Price.

106. Lucic feels the need to spear a guy from behind.

107. Of course, the league decides to do nothing, so Lucic knows he is free to do it again.

108. Bruins fans thinking Bobby Orr was better than Wayne Gretzky.

109. Bruins fans in general.

110. They’re the Bruins.

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Debunking the myth that Murray built the Ducks as Cup champions

When I wrote my post a few weeks ago about Bryan Murray being fired, one of the most familiar refrains I continually heard was that Murray pretty much built the 2007 Stanley Cup champions, the Anaheim Ducks.

This has been repeated so much by so many people that it’s basically taken as fact. It’s a statement that is used to make Murray look like a shrewd GM, and make it seem like he’s done a great job of doing the same here in Ottawa.

However, the statement is a lie. Murray had little to do with 2007 Cup champions. The facts back this up. The majority of that squad was built by other GMs, and even most of the core was constructed by other general managers.

Here’s a look at every single member of that team that won the Stanley Cup, and how they became members of the Anaheim Ducks.

Goalies

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, 13-4, .922 save percentage, 1.97 GAA: Traded to Anaheim by Calgary for Anaheim’s second round choice in 2000 Entry Draft on June 10, 2000. GM at the time: Pierre Gauthier

Ilya Bryzgalov, 3-1, .922 save percentage, 2.25 GAA: Drafted by Anaheim in the second round (44th overall) of the 2000 NHL entry draft. GM at the time: Pierre Gauthier

Defencemen

Chris Pronger, 19 games, three goals, 12 assists, 30:11 minutes a night:  Traded to Anaheim on July 3, 2006 by Edmonton for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid, Anaheim’s 1st round choice in 2007 Entry Draft and Anaheim’s 1st and 2nd round choices in 2008 Entry Draft. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Scott Niedermayer, 21 GP, three goals, eight assists, 29:51 minutes a night: Signed as a free agent by Anaheim on August 4, 2005. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Francois Beauchemin, 20 GP, four goals, four assists, 30:33 minutes a night: Traded to Anaheim by Columbus with Tyler Wright for Sergei Fedorov and Anaheim’s 5th round choice in 2006 Entry Draft on November 15, 2005. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Rik Jackman, seven GPs, one goal, one assist: Traded to Anaheim by Florida for Anaheim’s 6th round choice in 2007 Entry Draft on January 3, 2007. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Sean O’Donnell, 21 GPs, two assists, 20:20 minutes a night: Traded to Anaheim by Phoenix for Joel Perreault on March 9, 2006. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Kent Huskins, 21 GPs, one assist: Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, August 30, 2005. GM at the time: Brian Burke.

Joe DiPenta, 16 GP: Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, August 11, 2005. GM at the time: Brian Burke.

Aaron Rome, one game played: Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, June 7, 2004. GM at the time: Al Coates

Forwards

Andy McDonald, 21 games played, 10 goals, four assists: Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, April 3, 2000. GM at the time: Pierre Gauthier

Ryan Getzlaf, 21 games played, seven goals, 10 assists: Drafted by Anaheim in the first round (19th overall), 2003 NHL Entry draft. GM at the time: Bryan Murray

Travis Moen, 21 games played, seven goals, five assists: Traded to Anaheim by Chicago for Michael Holmqvist, July 30, 2005. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Corey Perry, 21 games played, six goals, nine assists: Drafted by Anaheim in the first round (28th overall), 2003 NHL Entry Draft. GM at the time: Bryan Murray

Teemu Selanne, 21 games played, five goals, 10 assists: Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, August 22, 2005. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Rob Niedermayer, 21 games played, five goals, five assists: Traded to Anaheim by Calgary for Mike Commodore and Jean-Francois Damphousse, March 11, 2003. GM at the time: Bryan Murray

Samuel Pahlsson, 21 games played, three goals, nine assists: Traded to Anaheim by Boston for Patrick Traverse and Andrei Nazarov, November 18, 2000. GM at the time: Pierre Gauthier

Dustin Penner, 21 games played, three goals, five assists: Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, May 12, 2004. GM at the time: Bryan Murray

Chris Kunitz, 13 games played, one goal, five assists: Claimed on waivers by Anaheim from Atlanta, October 18, 2005. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Todd Marchant, 11 games played, zero goals, three assists: Claimed on waivers by Anaheim from Columbus, November 21, 2005. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Brad May, 18 games played, zero goals, one assist: Traded to Anaheim by Colorado for Michael Wall, February 27, 2007. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Shawn Thornton, 15 games played, zero points: Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 14, 2006. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Ryan Shannon, 11 games played, zero points: Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, November 28, 2005. GM at the time: Brian Burke

George Parros, five games played, zero points: Traded to Anaheim by Colorado with Colorado’s 3rd round choice in 2007 Entry Draft for Atlanta’s 2nd round choice in 2007 Entry Draft and Anaheim’s 3rd round choice in 2007 Entry Draft, November 13, 2006. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Ryan Carter, four games played, zero points: Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 12, 2006. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Drew Miller, three games played, zero points: Drafted by Anaheim in the sixth round (186th overall), 2003 NHL Entry Draft. GM at the time: Bryan Murray

Joe Motzko, three games played, zero points: Traded to Anaheim by Columbus with Mark Hartigan and Columbus’ 4th round choice in 2007 Entry Draft for Zenon Konopka, Curtis Glencross and Anaheim’s seventh round choice in 2007 Entry Draft, January 26, 2007. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Mark Hartigan, one game played, zero points: Traded to Anaheim by Columbus with Joe Motzko and Columbus’4th round choice in 2007 Entry Draft for Zenon Konopka, Curtis Glencross and Anaheim’s 7th round choice in 2007 Entry Draft, January 26, 2007. GM at the time: Brian Burke

Conclusion

So there you have it. Most people will point to the Perry-Getzlaf-Penner line. But that’s about all Murray had a hand in.

The Ducks won the Cup that year for four reasons.

1) The big three defencemen: Pronger, Niedermayer and Beauchemin all averaged around 30 minutes a night, and did a great job shutting down other teams’ top lines. Murray did not bring in any of those defencemen (or any Cup-winning dmen at all).

2) Their goalies were lights out. Most of the time it was J.S. Giguere, but no matter who was in net, they were great. Murray had nothing to do with that.

3) The Ducks had a great shutdown line in Rob Niedermayer, Samuel Pahlsson and Travis Moen. Murray brought in Niedermayer, the other two were brought in by Brian Burke.

4) Their timely scoring. It mostly came from three people: Selanne, McDonald and Getzlaf. While Murray drafted Getzlaf, he had nothing to do with the other guys.

In fact, of 28 players that played at least one game for the Ducks that playoff season, Murray brought in five of them. That’s it.

Murray doesn’t know how to build a Cup contender, and there’s nothing in his GM history to show otherwise.

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Time to fire Bryan Murray

“Brian Murray is one of the best general managers in the NHL.”

This is a refrain I hear too often, but there is absolutely nothing that can back up this claim. In fact, almost the opposite argument can be made. Bryan Murray is an overrated general manager who gets too much credit for a team that has routinely struggled since he took over.

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Bryan Murray should be fired as Sens GM.

And with the Sens having problems once again this season (six points out of a playoff spot), the pressure is on for Murray to do something. But Murray is the reason the Sens are where they are today.

I believe, and I’ve written about this before, that all this is karma for the Sens firing John Muckler days after the Stanley Cup finals ended. You know, the finals that featured the Ottawa Senators.

The story goes that the Sens brass didn’t want to lose Murray, and were willing to fire Muckler instead of taking a chance that Murray wouldn’t stay with the organization. It was a big gamble. But it has backfired big time.

Since then, Murray has done more wrong things than right, and it shows with the on-ice product.

Here are seven reasons (one for each season he’s been general manager) why Murray should be let go:

1) Playoff record.

The playoffs say it all. In five seasons with Muckler as general manager, the Sens won seven playoff series. They made the playoffs every season, and only once failed to make it out of the first round. Their playoff record was 39-28. Their series record was 7-5.

Let’s look at Murray’s record. In seven seasons with Murray as general manager, the team has won one playoff series. They’ve missed the playoffs two years. Their playoff record is 12-17. Their series record is 1-4.

2) Regular season record.

230-197-55.

That’s not a good record. The Sens have lost more than half of their regular season games since Bryan Murray became general manager.

3) Coaching carousel.

Sure, Murray hired Paul MacLean, who has done some good stuff with the team. But Murray had four chances to get it right. One of them was bound to be successful.

Murray started off by hiring Jock Paddock, who lasted 64 games. He then put himself behind the bench, and went 7-9-2 in the regular season, and was swept in the playoffs. Murray followed this up by hiring Craig Hartsburg, who lasted 48 games before being fired.

The next coaching guy was Cory Clouston, who actually managed to last more than a season, going a little more than two years before getting canned.

And now there’s MacLean. But that’s a lot of bad coaches over the years, all hired by Murray.

4) Daniel Alfredsson.

It’s been covered by many people about how Alfie left the team. I think the Sens should have showed some loyalty and given Alfredsson what he wanted. But fine, no loyalty, and that might not have been Murray’s decision anyways.

But Murray could have taken the high road while all this was happening. Instead, he chose to blame everything on Alfie. And when #11 told his side of the story, Murray said Alfie had it all wrong.

The face of the franchise for so many years, and this is how you reward him?

5) Free agent signings.

Can you name the last free agent signing Murray made that had an impact on this team? Alexei Kovalev? Bobby Butler? Jarkko Ruuttu? Corey Locke? Zenon Konopka? Guillaume Latendresse? Randy Robitaille? Brendan Bell? Brad Isbister?

Sergei Gonchar is about the only free agent signing Murray ever made that had something positive, and it took three years before it happened. Gonchar was brutal with the Sens the first two years of his contract (he had 27 and 37 points in each season, and was a combined minus-19). And he was grossly overpaid.

6) Trading prospects/picks

Muckler gets blamed a lot for trading prospects and picks and going for it, which is actually a myth. In his five years as Sens GM, he drafted young guys like Spezza, Emery, Schubert, Eaves, Elliott, Regin, Meszaros, Greening, Condra, and Foligno. And what young prospects did he trade away?

Instead of listing them all, I’ll just mention the names you might recognize (under the age of 25 at the time of the trade): Jani Hurme, Tim Gleason, Brooks Laich, Brandon Bochenski, And that’s it.

He never traded away a top prospect, as he let them mature and actually play with the Sens. And only twice did he trade away a second-round pick (not including trades that happened at the draft). And he never traded away a first rounder.

Anyways, Murray started off his GM career with Ottawa much the same way. He traded for Cory Stillman, Martin Lapointe, Mike Commodore, Andy Sutton and Matt Cullen. None of those guys stayed with the team after the season was done.

In case you’re curious, since Murray has been GM, he’s traded away (again, 25 and younger) Patrick Eaves, Andrej Meszaros, Antoine Vermette, David Rundblad, Jakob Silfverberg, three first round picks and four second round picks.

Yet, Muckler gets blamed for giving up on the future. It’s revisionist history at its best.

7) Not signing Gary Roberts.

Sens fans don’t like to admit now, but during the 2007 playoffs when the team was getting creamed by the Ducks, there was a lot of blame directed at Muckler for not trading for Gary Roberts.

In fact, it has been rumoured as one of the main reasons Muckler was let go (here’s a link to a Hockey News story that says the same thing, but here’s a blog post from the time it happened that mentions it). Owner Eugene Melynk even hinted at it during a press conference at the time.

But Murray hasn’t been able to bring in a Gary Roberts-type player either.

So how can one man’s downfall not be his successor’s downfall?

Conclusion

I don’t understand how Sens fans could be happy with Murray at this point. He’s overhauled the roster completely since he took over. They lose in the regular season. They lose in the playoffs.

They’ve traded away prospects, first and second rounders. They mistreated their legendary captain. They’ve had five coaches in seven years. They haven’t made one good free agent signing.

Somehow, Murray is still a great GM? Anywhere else, he’d be gone.

It’s time for him to go.

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My keeper pool draft results

So we had our points only keeper pool draft the other night.

Matt Boulton photo, via Wikimedia Commons

One second after this shot was taken, Ryan Kesler fell to the ice looking for a penalty.

As defending champion, I had traded away a lot of my draft picks to secure the title. In a 74-player draft, I had only three picks, and my first one wasn’t until #41. But I think I have a good chance to repeat.

That said, I did make a few trades, and ended up with a few extra picks, which was much needed.

This was my team going into the draft:

Forwards: Malkin, Stamkos, Getzlaf, Hall, Kunitz, St. Louis, Spezza, Gaborik, Brown, Weiss

Defence: Letang, Enstrom, Schultz, Markov, Keith, Carle

Goalies: Price, Niemi

Our top eight forwards, five defencemen and two goalies count. I was fine with my defence, and wanted a goalie and the rest in forwards.

Anyways, here are my picks and the reasoning behind each one.

Round 3, Pick #30 overall

I had to make a trade to get the next two picks. Anyways, I went with Ryan Kesler. He had back-to-back 70-point seasons before having a bad year and then an injury year. However, he was still on pace for 63 points last season. He’s not a Band-Aid boy (take away last season, and he’s only missed seven games in the previous five years). I think he’ll do well with the new coach.

Round 3, Pick #35

Again, I wanted offence, so I went with Ray Whitney. I love this pick. Whitney had 72 points two years ago. On a bad Dallas team last season, he had 29 in 32 games, a 74-point pace. Like Kesler, he’s not usually injury prone. And he has a lot more help in Dallas this year and a lot more youth around him.

Round 4, pick #41

I originally took Derick Brassard in the 10th round of the inaugural draft in 2009. He was then part of my first ever deal. Since then, he’s pretty much done nothing in the NHL nor in fantasy hockey. But I think this year will be different. He had 11 points in 13 games with the Rangers last year after the trade. Let’s hope he continues that.

Round 5, #57

I normally don’t like to take St. Louis Blues players, but David Backes was still there. The Blues spread around their scoring a lot, so I try to shy away from teams that do that. But it was such a late pick, I had to take the chance on the #1 line guy.

Round 6, #70

I don’t expect him to finish in my top eight, but Michael Ryder will still be a top-six player and get top PP minutes. Someone needs to score in New Jersey, so I expect the team to lean heavily on the Newfoundland native. He’s hit 60 points a couple of times (and was on pace for that last year), so I’d be happy if he got that again.

Round 6, #72

As I said at the beginning, I wanted a goalie. But Nabokov, Halak and Thomas were gone before my first pick. The only guys left were in tandems (Reimer was just taken, Bishop in the fourth round, Mason and Emery weren’t selected). But Kari Ramo was still there, so I took him. Now, I know he’s not going to do better than Price and Niemi this season. But Ramo is the clear-cut #1 goalie. And if he plays well enough, he could be worth keeping at the end of the year. Worst case: he sucks and I wasted a 72nd pick on him. Low risk, high reward.

Overall, I’m pleased with my draft. I have a chance at a couple of home runs. The forwards round out my team nicely. I picked up a #1 goalie really late.

Now it’s time to try and repeat.

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100 reasons to hate the Bruins

There’s a lot of reasons to hate the Boston Bruins.

Almost every game gives us new reasons to hate the team. And their latest run to the finals was no different.

That being said, here are 100 reasons for you to hate the Bruins.

1. The 2011 Stanley Cup.

2. Cam Neely being in the Hall of Fame, despite not deserving it.

3. Cam Neely and Peter Chiarelli getting more screen time in the playoffs than Ron MacLean.

4. They have a winning percentage of above .500 for 33 of 37 NHL teams they’ve ever faced.

5. The only reason the Bruins beat the Habs in 94 was because Patrick Roy had appendicitis.

6. You like the fact Michael Ryder won a Cup, but hate it was with Boston.

7. P.J. Stock on Hockey Night in Canada.

8. You feel guilty about cheering for Happy Gilmour while he’s wearing a Bruins jersey.

9. Once drafted Shaone Morrisonn, whose name was misspelled more than any other NHL player in history.

10. Bruins fans thinking the comeback against the Leafs in the first round was the greatest comeback ever.

11. This song:

12. Homer announcer Jack Edwards.

13. Once had Mike Milbury as a coach.

14. Once had Don Cherry as a coach.

15. Bruins fans think the Boston Garden was better than it was.

16. Raymond Bourque. Hated that he was so good.

17. Thinking Bobby Orr was better than Wayne Gretzky.

18. Eddie Shore.

19. The Bruins four-game sweep of the Habs in 2009.

20. Owner Jeremy Jacobs.

21. Andrew Ferrence flipping off the fans.

22. This rally towel suit.

23. The 1972 Stanley Cup.

24. Nathan Horton for scoring the OT goal in Game 7 against the Habs in the first round in 2011. (He also scored the OT winner in Game 5. The bum.)

25. Forgetting to pay their power bill and having a blackout during the 1988 finals.

26. David Krejci once complaining about the ice after a loss to Montreal.

27. Mike Milbury hitting a guy with a shoe.

28. Jaromir Jagr and his playoff beard look wrong in a Bruins uniform (especially the beard).

29. Chris Nilan was cool until he became a Bruin.

30. The three straight years in the early 90s they eliminated the Habs from the playoffs.

31. The Neely for Pederson trade.

32. This Kyle McLaren hit on Richard Zednik.

33. Having a bunch of hall of famers (Paul Coffey, Brian Leetch, Guy Lapointe, etc.) finish their career in Boston.

34. Giving up nothing for Phil Esposito.

35. Fog games at the Boston Gardens.

36. Milan Lucic.

37. Terry O’Reilly in the Hall of Fame.

38. They raised a banner for finishing first in the East.

39. Eddie Lebec never actually played a game for the Bruins.

40. The 1970 Stanley Cup.

41. Tyler Seguin isn’t that good a player, no matter what Bruins fans say.

42. Causing Rocket Richard to be suspended.

43. Their ugly third jersey.

44. Bruins getting preferential treatment because of Colin Campbell’s son, Gregory, playing on the team.

45. Terry O’Reilly going into the stands to fight someone.

46. Marchand’s low blow hit on Sami Salo.

47. Marchand’s low blow hit on Alexei Emelin

48. The finger wagging in the 2011 playoffs after Claude Julien said his team would never do such a thing.

49. Their embellishing.

50. Claude Julien says his team would never embellish.

51. CBC hiring too many former Bruins.

52. Anthem singer Rene Rancourt.

53. Trading for Tuuka Rask.

54. Bruins fans tweeting racist things when Joel Ward scored an overtime playoff goal against them.

55. Thinking the Kessel deal was the biggest one-sided deal in NHL history (Note: not even close).

56.  The 1941 Stanley Cup.

57. Phil Esposito. No reason, but I figure the greatest Bruins scorer in their history deserves to be mentioned.

58. Tim Thomas not going to the White House.

59. Derek Sanderson when he used to call Bruins games.

60. The Big Z is a stupid nickname.

61. Marchand diving.

62. Orring.

63. They don’t have any great nicknames for their players.

64. Having Brad Marchand as a player.

65. This Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty.

66. Chara not being suspended for that hit.

67. Dr. Mark Recchi saying MaxPac was faking his concussion.

68. Milan Lucic running away from Georges Laraque.

69. The 1939 Stanley Cup.

70. Ben Affleck is a fan, but admits to being a bandwagon jumper.

71. Dane Cook is a fan.

72. So is Mark McGrath.

73. Pushing Leafs fans down stairs.

74. The whining about the too many men on the ice call.

75. This song:

76. Brad Marchand punching a Sedin numerous times with no penalty. (I don’t mind the fact he kept hitting Sedin, just that he didn’t get a penalty).

77. Being happy Ray Bourque won a Cup with another team.

78. One Ranker.com guy has Zdeno Chara as the greatest Bruin of all-time.

79. Bruins fans are sore losers.

80. Once naming Jason Allison as captain.

81. Ric Flair’s wooooo after every goal, even though he has nothing to do with Boston.

82. Ken “The Rat” Linesman

83. Jack Edwards once comparing Matt Cooke to Sirhan Sirhan.

84. Andy Moog.

85. I just know I’m going to hate Torey Krug within a few years. I can feel it.

86. The 1929 Stanley Cup.

87. Thinking they’re a great all-time team even though they’ve won six Stanley Cups in 90 years.

88. Glen Murray as a Bruin. I just never liked the guy.

89. Bill Simmons will only write about hockey when the Bruins are involved in the Cup finals.

90. Milan Lucic’s hit on Ryan Miller

91. Never played Pascal Pelletier (from my hometown) more than six games.

92. Bruins goalies being sore losers when they lose in a shootout.

93. This Bobby Orr goal was not that great. He scored before he was tripped.

94. This photo is also overblown.

95. The year Milbury chose a bunch of undeserving Bruins for the all-star game.

96. By eliminating the Leafs in the first round this year, we got to see less of April Reimer and Elisha Cuthbert.

97. Spoiled the Subban name by drafting Malcolm Subban last year.

98. Shutting off the hot water for visiting teams in the old Boston Gardens.

99. Bruins fans in general.

100. They’re the Bruins.

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Roy followed a Habs tradition when he left

One thing that really bothers me is when people call Patrick Roy classless for demanding a trade from the Habs years ago.

Patrick isn’t the first Habs superstar to leave the team, but he takes the most grief for it. (Antoine Letarte photo, via Wikimedia Commons)

It’s come up a lot again lately, with Roy being named the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. It seems to come every few years, whether it’s retiring his jersey, or being in the running for the Habs head coaching position.

In case you don’t know the story, on Dec. 2, 1995, Patrick Roy was left in net for nine goals, as the Habs lost 12-1 to the Detroit Red Wings. When he was pulled, he went past the coach, Mario Tremblay, and told team president Ronald Corey that he would never play a game for Montreal again.

Four days later, he and captain Mike Keane was traded to the Colorado Avalanche for Andre Kovalenko, Martin Rucinsky and Jocelyn Thibault.

Nowadays, a lot of fans remember that game, and still hold a grudge against Roy. I think it’s silly. But people say what Roy did was classless, and goes against the tradition of the Habs organization.

After all, old-time players would never do something like that.

Really? If anything, Roy simply followed a long-honoured tradition of bailing on the team. It doesn’t take long going through the Habs history to find examples of players and coaches turning their backs on the organization.

Here are some of the biggest:

1) Guy Lafleur. When Guy Lafleur left the organization during the middle of the 1984-85 season, he didn’t retire because he was feeling old, worn down or tired of the game. No, he left because he didn’t like the ice time he received from coach Jacques Lemaire. Lafleur asked to be traded, but when told he wouldn’t be, he packed his bags and quit. He made a decision that he would rather not play hockey rather than stay with the Habs organization because of troubles he was having with his coach. Sound familiar? Yet Roy gets chastised while Lafleur is still remembered as a Habs legend.

2) Bernie Boom-Boom Geoffrion. Geoffrion didn’t have ice time to blame for leaving the Habs. No, his was a different reason: the captaincy. Apparently, he was so upset that Beliveau was given the C in 1961 that it gnawed at him until he decided he would rather retire than play for the Habs.

3) Gump Worsley. Roy wasn’t the first goalie to quit on the Habs in the middle of a season. The coach at the time, Claude Ruel, was playing Rogatien Vachon more, and wanted to send Worsley to the minors. He refused and quit the team, eventually deciding to retire.

4) Scotty Bowman. Yes, it’s not just limited to players. After the 1978-79 season, the Habs decided to hire Irving Grundman as general manager. So Bowman quit the team and went to coach the Buffalo Sabres instead.

There’s four good examples of superstars leaving the Habs organization because they weren’t happy with the team, for what ever reason. And I’m sure we could find more if we tried. Yet Roy is the one that takes the brunt of the criticism.

Look, I’m not saying that you can’t be angry at Roy for what he did. But it’s hypocritical to blame him for turning his back on the Habs while not doing the same for the other players who have done the same.

It’s time to forgive Roy for leaving the team.

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What the Habs should do this summer

It’s been a few weeks now since the Montreal Canadiens were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

This is David Clarkson. He’s going to want big money as a free agent, and the Habs would be better off to not offer it to him.

And in that time, there’s been a lot of knee-jerk reaction as to what the Habs should do this summer.

But I can sum it up in pretty much one word: nothing.

Or at most, not much.

The more I think about, the more I think the Habs don’t need to make a lot of big moves. Just some minor tweaks to their third/fourth lines.

The key reason is to prepare for the summer of 2014.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, we need to look at what the Habs need to deal with this summer.

The team’s free agents:

Most of them have to walk. Michael Ryder will cost too much money to keep. Colby Armstrong doesn’t bring anything to the table (seriously: name one thing he does better than anyone else on this team). Petteri Nokelainen doesn’t play, even when he’s not injured. Jeff Halpern is a nice guy to have, but there’s no room on the team. I like Yannick Weber, but he seems to be the odd-man out on the blue line.

That leaves us with three guys: Mike Blunden, Ryan White and Davis Drewiske. I would re-sign all three, as they are good role/depths players, although Blunden and Drewiske would probably start the season in the minors.

Other team’s free agents

Do not sign any of them. We don’t need to overpay for a Jarome Iginla, a Patrick Elias or a Mike Ribeiro. We don’t need oft-injured guys like Andy McDonald or Tim Connolly. We don’t need older guys like Teemu Selanne or Jaromir Jagr. We don’t need streaky players like David Clarkson or Ryane Clowe that will be given too much money.

That’s because if the Habs are re-building, they should be giving ice time to the young players. It’s to no one’s benefit to sign a guy like Jagr to a one-year deal and then have Alex Galchenyuk play 12 minutes a game because he can’t get on the top two lines. Play guys like Eller, Galch and Gallgher a ton. Let them learn, even if they make mistakes.

Truthfully, there’s only three guys I would be looking at this off-season that are free agents, and even then, I’m not sold on them:

Pierre-Marc Bouchard: Still young enough that if he can stay healthy, he can make an impact scoring-wise. Because of his injury history, he shouldn’t be that expensive. And he’d be a great third-liner.

Nathan Horton: Still a young guy (only 27 years old). He can play strong defence, has a strong presence, can hit, and score. Great third liner that can play second or even first-line minutes if there are injuries.

Raffi Torres: Fourth-liner who can hit, annoy, and won’t back down from anybody.

I also wouldn’t mind Matt Cullen, but the team has too many centres as it is.

Do not use the amnesty buyout on Kaberle

Yes, you read that right. The Habs would be making a big mistake if they used their final amnesty buyout on Tomas Kaberle (they already used one of Scott Gomez earlier this year).

Instead, the Habs should use a regular buyout on the former all-star defenceman.

Kaberle is only signed for one more year. Why waste an amnesty buyout on him? Instead, use a regular buyout, and then the Habs will have a cap hit of $1.25 million for each of the next two years. That’s not a lot of money, and it’s a savings of $3 million next season.

Use the amnesty buyout on Moen

Travis Moen is a fine fourth-liner. He’s making $1.85 million a year to pretty much do nothing. He played 45 games (ninth on the team), and averaged 11:39 of ice time a game (24th). He had two goals (16th), four assists (17th) and six points (18th).

Sorry Travis Moen, but it’s time you left Montreal.

But maybe he’s not there for his offence, you say. Well, his -4 was 28th on the team (out of 29 players). He took 10 faceoffs (13th), threw 82 hits (fourth), blocked 22 shots (12th), and averaged  2:14 of shorthanded ice time a game (fifth, but the highest for a forward that was with the team all year).

So he does one thing well: hit. I don’t include the shorthanded time on ice because the Habs finished 23rd in penalty killing. If he did that well, the Habs would be higher on the list.

For that, we’re paying almost $2 million a year for the next three years? The team would be better served to have a guy make minimum salary and play that exact same role. Or pay someone that same amount that does the same. Look at Chris Neil, for example. He makes $2 million a year, scores more, hits more, fights more, etc.

I don’t think anyone would want to trade for Moen, so the only way to get rid of him is to buy him out.

So let’s use the amnesty buyout on Moen, and a regular buyout on Kaberle. That frees up two roster spots and saves $5 million a year.

Trade for Ott

I’d be willing to give up our second round pick and a prospect like Louis Leblanc for Ott. Ott is what the Habs need: Hits, agitator, decent enough offensively for what he does, signed for one more year, etc.

Imagine a line of Prust, Ott and White, especially come playoff time.

I have no idea if Ott is available. He’s a free agent next summer, and the Sabres seem to be going through a rebuild after a disastrous season. Maybe he wants out if that is the case.

But if he is available, the Habs need to make a move for him.

Wait until 2014

This is the key part of my whole article. The summer of 2014 is going to be a crazy year for free agents. Even if the cap goes back up $5 million, a lot of teams will be crazy close to the cap.

I’d say wait a year, let our young guns (Galch, Eller, Gallagher, etc.) play a lot of minutes, and then next year make a big splash. But let’s not handcuff ourselves into a big contract for a Clarkson. Let Gionta walk, and see if we can’t get a big name next year.

Look at some of the names available:

Forwards: Malkin, Heatley, Gaborik, Vanek, Thornton, Marleau, Datsyuk, Stastny, D. Sedin, H. Sedin, Kessel, Bergeron, Michalek,
Pavelski, Brown, Moulson, Setoguchi

Dmen: Bouwmeester, Boyle, Phaneuf, Pitkanen, Letang

Goalies: Lundqvist, Miller, Kipper, Brodeur, Hiller, Halak, Crawford, Elliott

Oh yeah, those are just unrestricted free agents.

Restricted free agents include Giroux, RNH, Schultz, Landeskog, Duchene, Couture, Ennis, Del Zotto, Schenn, Ellis, Silvferberg, Gardiner, Faulk, Elliott, plus a whole bunch of other young guys.

I don’t think we could get Malkin, but a Thornton? Marleau? Gaborik? Vanek? Kessel? Bergeron? Pavelski? Brown?

Could the Sharks, for example, afford to re-sign Thornton, Marleau, Pavelski, Boyle and Couture? Couture and Pavelski will get huge pay raises. Thornton, Marleau and Boyle probably won’t make a lot less than what they are currently making. They’re going to lose at least one of them.

Can Pittsburgh afford to re-sign Malkin and Letang, considering Pittsburgh is already paying Crosby $8.7 million, and still have a balanced roster?

Some of these guys are going to hit the market. The Habs should be planning for it. Sign a big name free-agent who has a history of success, but we need to wait a year.

If we sign a guy like David Clarkson to a long-term, big-money contract, we’re handcuffing ourselves to what we can do.

Be active in the trade market if young guys are available

This is an either/or for me. But I think the next time the Habs make a trade, it should be for a good young player that slide into the lineup. No more trading for older guys. If the team is building for the future, they need to build all around.

For example, Alex Burmistrov wants out of Winnipeg. Now, many may look at his stats and think he’s no good. But he’s been absolutely buried in Winnipeg, for some odd reason. The former first round draft pick is only 21 years old. I wouldn’t give up the farm for him (actually, considering the Habs farm team is pretty brutal, I probably would), but he could be a guy who is in need of a major change of scenery.

Think Kyle Turris. Buried in Phoenix, the former first-round pick demanded a trade. The Sens traded David Rundblad and a second round pick for him. Turris has since turned into a pretty good second-line centre.

You get the idea. I don’t think the Habs should be making trades for guys like Ray Whitney. But a young player? Why not? It would be worth the risk.

As it stands, the Habs’ prospect pipeline is pretty barren. The Hamilton Bulldogs aren’t that good, and no one is really stepping up. Most of the young guns the Habs do have either aren’t ready for the NHL. So if the Habs can deal for a young player who can step right into the lineup, all the better.

Conclusion

As mentioned, the Habs need to keep building around their players. If the team needs to go through more growing pains because of it, so be it. But the organization would be much better off by waiting a year before making big moves.

In the meantime, the Habs need to play their young guys. Let get them get their experience. The Habs aren’t going to be Stanley Cup contenders, but if they play their cards right, there’s no reason to think they won’t be in three or four years.

And as I said, there’s no need to do a lot this summer. Patience is key for this team.

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