Pavel Bure wrote:BurghersAndDogsSports wrote:Pavel Bure wrote:Stopped reading when Neal was called a sniper that is too easy to take out of the game but in the next sentence said we needed a Sykora type.
Ok, Sykora was just an example of a more two way players the year we made the finals. Maybe not the best example but just simply making a point that was pretty obvious.
Sykora was in no way, shape, or form a 2 way player. Neal is the player you're talking about and he's signed at a great price for a 40 goal guy.
Man, it was just an example of the year we went to the finals. It wasnt the end all be all of examples and had nothing to do with the point. I could have inserted 30 players in there, the point had nothing to do with that. Get over it.
Neal was completely neutralized, he did nothing. The only reason that series wasnt like watching the Burins vs. an NCAA Division 1 team was because Malkin had superior talent to carry some of the play. Did anyone else actually watch the games? The Bruins did nothing special. They closed around Malkin, denied Neal that right circle, had the goalie step up a bit to cut off angles and made it a piece of cake to defend.
We have all the guys who are great deals and great fits yet we get embarrassed in the playoffs year after year. Bigger changes are needed. Perimeter play is getting us killed and thats not all on HCDB. The Bruins did nothing special to defend us at all.
All these people want to trade Malkin to build a team around more cap space, I would trade neal before even thinking about trading Malkin if the main reason is that we need cap space to build a more solid roster. Not even a question.