Obviously, this coincides with the recent struggles, but Chiarelli has really screwed up this offseason.
Going back to the deadline, he knew this team was going to have cap issues, so last year was a good year to load up and go for it, but instead, he balked at the deadline on names like Chris Pronger, Erik Cole, Keith Tkachuk and settled on Mark Recchi, who was a good pickup.
Now, with the Kessel situation, this was partly his fault. Once it got to the point where Kessel said, “I don’t wanna be here.” it was over. But, when Kessel went on a tear early in the season, it may have been a good idea to try and re-sign him to a decent contract, as he was a 5th overall pick and supposed to be a core member of the franchise.
He bought out Peter Schaefer for no season. He then let sheriff Shane Hnidy walk to Minnesota, while not a big loss, he was a good depth guy. Steve Montador walked for big money in Buffalo, fine. He replaced Stephane Yelle with Steve Begin, which has shown to be a good move. He let Axe go, which was a mistake. As much as we shat on Axe, he was invaluable on the PK and the Bruins record showed when he played vs when he didn’t. He then traded Ward, a team leader and shot blocking machine, to Carolina for nothing, subsequently boughtout Patrick Eaves, and then signed Derek Morris to a more expensive deal than Ward’s contract, hindering the team’s cap space.
Chiarelli did not upgrade his team at all, while Philadelphia, who is always in cap hell, managed to acquire Chris Pronger. Washington added Knuble, the Rags added Gaborik, Montreal reloaded. The Bruins are a worse team than last year, and it doesn’t help that half the team is going through a sophmore slump.
He then dealt Chuck Kobasew, a 20 goal scorer, for some picks to Minny, and then acquired Daniel Paille, who has never scored more than 19.
Now this team has injuries to Lucic and Savard, so they are without their top line and have a bunch of bottom 6 forwards player top minutes. You can’t expect Sturm to replace the goals of Lucic and Kessel. This team was supposed to be deep, but now Trent bleepin’ Whitfield is the 3rd line center…