The Gang’s All Here

The infamous song of the post: Freaking Out by Flo Rida

This is my first post in quite some time. Nearly a year. I was busy with military training and then an awesome summer job so I drifted away from this lovely little blog. Here I am again, back in school and better than ever.

Since being away New England sports have had let down after let down. Which I’m neglecting to mention.

Today, a mere nine days to the Bruins 2014-2015 season, we look ahead.

466351393_slideKrug’s back.

Smith’s back.

The gang is all here. Something in the air tells me this team is hungry. This team is willing and ready to get our cup back. Tim Thomas may be gone but his logo is stamped on this team. Prove people wrong.

“This team is too slow, this team is too old fashioned, they can’t skate with the rest of the NHL.”

Yet they have the most talent depth defensive core in the NHL, they have a Vezina goalie, and two studs backing him up. They have a Norris trophy winner, and young puck moving defensemen to back the Mack Trucks of Boychuk, McQuaid and Kevan Miller. They have a center corps that is worthy of any NHL team, with Bergeron, a perennial Selke finalist as their 2nd line center. Two left-wingers are determined to bounce back from dismal postseasons. Not to mention the plethora of young talent fighting for their NHL career to take off.

The Bruins didn’t change much from last year aside from losing Thorty and  Jarome “30 Goals” Iginla, which as difficult as it may be to replace those two players I have full confidence that their production will be matched if not passed. If what these two players say is true, Marchand and Lucic are coming back into the season with a head full of steam and are ready to step up their game. Which should mean more scoring from them.

The player replacing Iginla missed significant time last year is Loui Eriksson, and he can score at least 20 goals in his sleep. And playing with a play-making center in Krejci, and a thumper in Lucic he should have plenty of space to snipe.

Reilly Smith is back and is also capable of scoring 20-25 goals, and with chemistry between his linemates already developed, they could be clicking pretty quickly.

The mysterious third line is going to be a work in progress all season. I think it could be beneficial though. I envision Soderberg-Kelly-Spooner as the interchangeable center. Winged by either Paille/Campbell and Fraser. Fraser has impressed me during preseason and might even push Smith for the 2-line RW position.

The fourth line will look quite a bit different from the Merlot line of years past. Campbell said a position change for him could be in effect, that meaning he may not be the center for that line. The fourth line may look like an AHL line of the past two years, bringing along a few of the kids whether it’s Khoklachev, or Caron/Florek may take up two of the positions on that fourth line.

The bottom six forwards will be mixed and matched until something clicks and that will be good, for competition and even production. 1297542845319_ORIGINAL

As for the defense; the top four are likely set in stone. Chara and Seidenberg for chokeholding the other team’s top line, then Boychuk and Hamilton for some  offensive spark and toughness.

The defense will be business as usual, and the bottom two spots may be open for anyone at camp. Although Torey Krug is our powerplay specialist, his spot is not given to him. The last two could be anyone from Krug, Bartkowski, McQuaid, Miller, Morrow or even Warsofsky.

The reigning President Trophy winners have 69 points to replace between a few players. They are hungry and ready to prove people wrong.

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Alright, alright, alriiiight

This post is accompanied by Luke Bryan’s “That’s my Kinda Night

I have admittedly been away for awhile, again and again and again… but for real this time I will be on the type-writer screen internet doo-hickey more and more. dazed02_wooderson_02

Real quick side note about why I’ve been away and why I’ll be on more:

I’ve been trying to be outside, doing summer things all the time, as well as sleeping in, not sleeping and just being with other people. Mainly the girlfriend. Also the sports world went a little slow besides the whole Tebow stuff, and Arod scandals, its been relatively quiet.

And now as everyone is going back to school and going places, I’m stuck waiting on a training date that will have me in my mom’s house until then. I’ll have a part time job and time to write here and pay attention to the sporting world.

Now I’m back for quite some time now, focusing on the Boston sports and voicing my opinion on the matters at hand.

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For the time being we have the Red Sox magical season and the Patriots pivotal choices ahead and on tap. The Sox after just playing well against the white hot dodgers, are back home for a few AL East teams they need to win series against. The Patriots start their season just two weeks from now. After they got scared, pushed around and torn apart by the Lions, questions loom.

First, the Patriots. The offense that had yet to make a mistake this preseason made 4 in the first half. They were big mistakes too, fumbles, interceptions, sacks and field position.

Not good at all. However, it is good for the mostly young offense, exception of Brady. They will have never heard the end of it, and had the weekend to sleep on it and realize their mistakes. I have a feeling this week’s camp will be a steady stream of helpful insults. It is interesting that when the rookies were competing for jobs they performed magnificently but once the veteran players were gone they made mistakes.

Probably looking into too much. However the Defense, albeit giving up 40 points was good. They were never given a lot of field to work with. So they did well.

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Ahhh the Red Sox, never fail to make things interesting. Whether it’s coming back from 0-3 down, being the absolute best team in baseball, or a blundering joke of a team they have the best entertainment value the sport has to offer.

And now they have beards, and a pennant to chase. What more could we ask for?

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Oh that’s right, Xander Boegarts. He is the most coveted prospect the Red Sox have. He has thrilled me since he got the call up, but perhaps that’s because I’m of the Nomar generation and expect him to be the next one.

He may be that one day he just might. However a lot of the talk is that he is too big for Shortstop, and in that case we move Middlebrooks to first and try to find the next Nomar. I want him back.

But I hope that Xander can try to bring the same spark that Middlebrooks did last year or … Puig did this year.

The Red Sox have been floating in the win-loss column for longer than I’d like, and with Tamba Bay still on our heels with their pitching it is unnerving. Not to mention the Yankees charging up the standings as of late. We also can’t forget that the Orioles have a hatred for the Sox. Plus Clay Buccholz doesn’t seem to be progressing very well. If at all.

The Red Sox will win the AL East, but due to mediocre pitching will lose in the division series.

Lager

 

Just Krugging Along

Song of the post: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by the Darkness— Second song: New York, New York by Frank Sinatra
— Third Song: Chelsea Dagger by the Fratellis

What a game! The Bruins win and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the dangerously good Pittsburgh Penguins team.

The Rangers did start off their scoring on a powerplay goal that shouldn’t have gotten through, and the Bruins penalty kill must be better. Then they responded in the 2nd period off the stick of the rookie defensemen, Torey Krug.

BLKAYDjCIAImhnUThen Gregory Campbell notched 2 more; one being an empty netter.

So now we look forward to the Penguins. Led by Sidney Crosby, backed by Evgeni Malkin, and enforced by Matt Cooke. The Bruins have quite the handful coming at them.

Looking at each of their lines, and the defensemen as a whole, plus the goalies, I’ll break down the teams and who has the edge.

Offense line one: Edge- Penguins
They have Crosby and that’s enough to make the Panthers’ line one have an edge. Although the Krejci-Lucic-Horton line can make some noise, they’ll need to bring it ALL.

Offense line two: Edge-Penguins
Malkin, versus Bergeron, will be the match-up to watch as the centers will battle for every inch. The storyline here is how can Jagr break out against his ex-team? He’s been begging for a goal and nothing would be sweeter than for it to come in this series.

Offense line three: Push
The Bruins have Seguin, who is on the verge of breaking out the past few games. He has yet to really gel with his linemates. However, on the otherside of the puck, the Penguins have Matt Cooke, who we all know. And he is very dirty and will probably injure one of these three early on.

Offense line four: Edge- Bruins
Well, because clearly, our fourth line is better than your fourth line.

Defense: Edge- Bruins
They have more depth here. If I were Julien, I’m not breaking up the pairing of Chara and Seidenberg and shutting Crosby down as much as possible, not to mention the sweet taste we can get if Iginla doesn’t score. However, that is relying heavily on the other four Bruins D-men to shut down Neal, Malkin, and the lot of them. If Krug continues his pace he might be a Norris trophy candidate.

Goalies: Edge- Bruins
Tuukka is not going to be a fan of seeing the horse-face of Crosby smile every time they score. He has had scrutiny and let up a joke goal. He is not going to want to do that again. Vokoun is a joke of a goalie, he has 1.9 goals against because the Penguins played against Ottowa who’s only offense is Daniel Alfredsson. Fluerry is no match for a Krug one timer. Khudobin can keep the bench warm, but if he comes off it expect heart-attack-Tim Thomas saves.

I want the Bruins to win in 6 at home; but something’s telling me Penguins in 7.

Lager

+ My review shifted pro-Bruins a little while in. + The first song is honorarily called I believe in a thing call KRUG

The One Where I Talk About the State of Boston Sports… Because I Can’t Talk About Anything Else

Hey, 

I’ve been away for awhile, but you probably didn’t notice because you never have read this. Don’t feel guilty or anything!

But I hit the nail on the head, huh?

I have a lot of things on my mind, all of which I could write about, but I can easily write about Boston sports. Mainly about the 2 seasonal teams at the moment. 

I watched the Celtics play and beat the Bulls today, they looked great… well they looked okay because they were playing a Derrick Rose-less Bulls team. Even thought they won, they still look like they were being beat up on the inside game. In the near future, or in the next draft they need to get bigger. If they trade to get bigger, they could try for Mark Gasol, even though I do not like those brothers, they can play. If they want to match up against the Los Angeles Giants, I mean Lakers, they really need to get bigger.

In the draft, they should try to get a high pick or somehow get a big great player like Jarred Sullinger, of THE Ohio State University. Sully is a great player, he just needs to be consistent and if he was on the Celitcs he’d play great with Rajon Rondo. If they can get bigger without breaking up the big three and Rondo, they will be a contender for the time being. 

They probably won’t get passed the second round of playoffs if they do make it. 

On to the Bruins. 

The ship has righted itself, for a game at least. I didn’t see that game but I read that the Bruins played a full 60 minute effort. I think the Bruins are still the best team in the league regardless of what shinnanegans their goalies are doing. 

The team is a great hockey team and the bonds that have can’t be broken up, but with the two goalies being two of the best in the game, they should try to keep them together as long as possible, but with Rask being a free agent soon and Thomas stirring up the media, maybe they should trade one of them. The Bruins are also don’t have a great sniper, and with a few of their forwards being banged up, maybe a trade is something they should think about. 

They could easily get a great player for one of the goalies or a decent forward for example, Rick Nash, a great big forward who can pick a corner from the red line, for any of their defensemen. If they could pull off a trade without disrupting the chemistry, then they could bring the Cup back to back! 

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll read this again soon… if I write in it more consistently. 

PS 

Pitchers and Catchers report soon. 

– Lomonte