The Boston Bruins Have a Plan: Patience

Benjamin AltsherContributor INovember 19, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Marc Savard #91 of the Boston Bruins warms up before the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 17, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Bruins 4-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Christian Petersen/Getty Images

First, let me be clear about one thing. This article is in direct response to Ryan Pickard's recent postings about the Bruins' lack of offense.

Certainly as a fan of the team, the lack of scoring throughout the season has been extremely disappointing. However, the injuries to Marc Savard and Milan Lucic cannot be overstated in this regard. Also, let's not forget about David Krejci. 

He returned to the ice a month earlier than expected to make it in time for the regular season opener, meaning his first month has been like training camp. Now that he's finally got his game sharpened, we've seen the dynamic Krejci we're used to, creating scoring chances on nearly every shift.

Of course, the instant reaction would be to look at the position the team is in with respect to the salary cap and the large stock of draft picks and say that they need to make a move now. Indeed, the Bruins will make a move, but not until they feel the time is right.

As Pickard barely touched on in one of his articles, the Bruins' high cap number is a road block to picking up a player right now. That's exactly the reason a move won't be made until near the trade deadline at the earliest. There's no one on the roster that the team would be willing to deal, with picks, for a player like an Ilya Kovalchuk that another team would want.

Blake Wheeler's the biggest trading chip currently on the team, and there's no way Peter Chiarelli's letting him go without a fight. In all likelihood, Boston will make its move for a rental player, purely for picks. 

In the meantime, Milan Lucic will be back Thursday night against Atlanta and Savard should return before Thanksgiving. This will bring the B's back to 100 percent, and hopefully back to their winning ways.

Let's not forget the Penguins stumbled through the early part of last season before going on a run to finish fifth in the East and eventually capture the Stanley Cup. This is not to say that the same thing will happen to the Bruins, but a slow start does not necessarily mean a poor finish.

Watch exactly what Milan Lucic brings to the Bruins in his return

Lucic to Savard


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