Seidenberg on the 3rd pairing? What are you smoking - no seriously, what are you smoking, I want some.
So basically you'd rather play Boychuk 20-22 minutes a night over Seidenberg and you expect us to take you seriously? By the way, I think we'd all like Seidenberg playing as the #3 defenseman because that would mean we have a 1A and 1B defenseman playing ahead of him, but then again any team would like to have that luxury and yes, that would be a luxury. Look around the league at some of the #2 defenseman then come back to the conversation. You're completely underrating Seidenberg here with this belief that there is this magical #2 defenseman out there that is 1) Available and 2) would be better than Seidenberg. What you're really looking for is a 1B to Chara's 1A, but then again who wouldn't want that.
I"m still laughing at Seidenberg on the 3rd pairing. That's hysterical.
I'm starting to question if you know what #3 defenseman means.
I am not sure where all your hate comes from but it would be better left behind so we can talk sports. If you are still laughing at my pairings, then you in fact live a sad life. Lets leave your sideswipes and angry out of this so we can talk sports in a proper manner.
Just because I listed Seidenberg as the third pairing doesn't mean I want him getting sub 20 minutes per night and Boychuk at 22 plus minutes a night. LIke I said, I think that ideally Seidenberg is a number 3 defenseman on a championship caliber team. Just because Seidenberg was our number two last year and we won the Stanley Cup doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. Last year the Bruins got a ton of lucky breaks (as every team needs) but were also one bounce away from losing in the first round and having many changes made to this franchise. There is room for improvement here.
To answer your questions regarding other teams and that there is someone available.
1) This conversation has nothing to do with other teams and what other teams have as their number 2 defenseman. There are a lot of crappy NHL teams out there right now so it does nobody any good to compare yourself to other teams around the league especially if you are in hopes of repeating as Cup champions.
2) There is a guy out there and we are discussing him as we speak. Ryan Suter is available and is better than Seidenberg. I would be more than happy to have Seidenberg as my number 2 defenseman going into the playoffs but I wouldn't be surprised to see the flaws of this defensive core shown because it will be really, really hard to have the type of goal tending we had last year, this year. There are multiple times last year in which the Bruins were saved by Thomas. It is very unlikely that we will see the 2011 Playoff Tim Thomas during the course of the 2012 Playoffs. He was just insanely good. So in fact there is someone out there that would in fact better the Bruins and slip ahead of Seidenberg because Suter is a much greater player than Seidenberg.
You also seem to have disregarded my second post saying that I would like to see Chara and Seidenberg come back together during the playoffs to recreate that shutdown pairing. Right now in the midst of the regular season, if they were to land Suter, it would be important to save the minutes of Chara and Seidenberg, and give minutes to Boychuk and McQuaid in hopes of bettering their game. This isn't a sprint, its a marathon and right now the best thing for Chara before the playoffs would be limited minutes. Additionally, to your point, there is something about breaking up your top rated defenseman and bettering your "depth" defenseman. We saw it last year when Chara paired with Boychuk for a good chunk of the season. Claude knew that come playoff time he would bring Chara and Seidenberg together but during the course of the marathon, he wanted to propell Boychuk. That is why I brought together the pairings of Chara/Boychuk, Suter/Ference, Seidenberg/Mcquaid during the regular season because with that defensive rotation you could in fact get away with giving everybody close to 20 minutes instead of running Chara at 23+ minutes a night. The fact that you would like to run Chara and Seidenberg up towards 23-25 minutes a night after a long, enduring 2011, with a shortened 2011-12 offseason, would be foolish.
There is a real chance that the Predators would listen to an offer of a Dougie Hamilton package. If I am the Bruins, with Chara and Tim Thomas as your backbone, you have to always be in a win now mode. The young guns on this team are nice and they are encouraging but the backbone and Cup talent on this team lays on Chara and Thomas. Ryan Suter is in fact only 26 and one of the best defenseman in the league, it would be hard to turn down an offer for him even if it is for Hamilton and others.
Edited by Riles335, 26 January 2012 - 05:14 PM.