Since the lock-out, the Bruins have struggled to score goals. They have had numerous offseasons to upgrade their offense, and have yet to ever do so.
The first post-lockout offseason, they Bruins had a tone of money and failed to sign ONE decent player on offense. In 2005-06, they traded Joe Thornton and then subsequently signed Marc Savard in the offseason, but that was essentially a trade playmaker for playmaker. They had three chances at grabbing Marian Hossa, twice via free agency and once a deadline move and failed to acquire him. The Bruins top goal scorers whom they acquired, Michael Ryder and Marco Sturm. No offense to them, they aren’t anything special and players who produce at their level can easily be found. They finally got a good goal scorer in Phil Kessel, but once he emerged they had to deal him because of money issues. Not that he is an elite scorer, but he is better than anything they have had since a young Samsonov and he was only 21. I don’t get how they pay Michael Ryder 4 million, but Kessel can’t get 5.4 or what not.
As of today, the Bruins have the worst offense in the league, scoring only 126 goals, one less than the Carolina Hurricanes. Once pace for 207 goals.
In 2008-09, they had the 2nd best offense in the league with 274 goals, in what is a once in a generation type of season.
In 2007-08, they had the 6th worst offense, scoring 212 goals.
In 2006-07, they had the 8th worst offense, scoring 219 goals.
In 2005-06, they had the 5th worst offense, scoring 230 goals.
So it’s gone 230, 219, 212, 274, and 207.
Last season seems more like an aberration than something to look forward to. This team has scored over 230 goals only ONCE since the lock-out.
My point is, this isn’t the league of the trapping Devils. You need to score to win. Obviously this team is sound defensively, and it was shown they could score and play defense in this system, they just need talent. No matter how much effort the Paille’s, Bergeron’s and Whitfield’s give you, at some point you need top end talent.
The B’s have had chances before to get some scorers, but didn’t want to pay the price. Now it is time. This is their fatal flaw, and they have pieces in place to be a good team, they just need one, two more pieces.
This is an organization that, if Ilya Kovalchuk hits the open market, has to get, regardless of price. Two 20 goals scorers is not as good as one 40.