Do the Boston Bruins Stink? The short answer is yes, yes they do. Six games into the season the Bruins sit 3-3-0 and are struggling to put the puck in the back of the net. The Bruins had themselves quite the offseason. Just like any season, there will be some turnover but this offseason saw more faces coming in for the more faces that departed.
When looking at the biggest losses this offseason for the Bruins there are two guys who you can point to. One of them being starting goaltender Tukkaa Rask. Rask was an unrestricted free agent at the end of last season. He is still recovering from the offseason surgery he had but has said he is open to re-signing with the Bruins. In his career with the team, he has a .921 SV% and has consistently sat at the top of the league in terms of goalie stats. The other key loss for the team was 2nd line center, David Krejci. Krejci wanted to go back to his native country the Czech Republic where he signed a deal with the Olomouc HC. An understandable move by the 35-year-old. The loss was big for the Bruins but it’s the lack of filling that hole that has killed them.
Outside of Rask and Krejci the Bruins lost a handful of supporting pieces. They left Jeremy Lauzon unprotected in the Seattle expansion draft. He was then selected by the Kraken and has looked good in his minutes with the Kraken a few games in. Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase both left for Toronto, (who also may stink). Ritchie was a big body and a unit on the power play. He exceeded his expectation especially the expectation the Tarps Off Staff put on him. Jaroslav Halak left for Vancouver and he was more than enough of a serviceable goaltender. The losses always sting especially in the case of Krejci, but nobody said they weren’t allowed to bring anyone in.
This is where the Bruins really fumbled it. They did lock up Taylor Hall who looked great in his short stint with the team last season so that was a plus. But between the pipes, you replace Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak with Linus Ullmark. Now Ullmark isn’t a terrible goalie but he isn’t a really good one. Going from the Rask and Halak tandem to going to Ullmark is like getting socks for Christmas.
They bring in Nick Foligno who hasn’t seen much ice time yet because of an injury he is dealing with. Then they sign Eric Haula and Tomas Nosek to try and help down the middle. Neither of them is capable of replacing Krejci. Then on the blueline, they sign Derek Forbort and Mike Reilly. Again, not really flashy signings.
The Bruins’ three wins have come against the Stars, Sabres, and Sharks. The latter two finished in the bottom 5 of the league last season and the Stars couldn’t score if they walked into a whore house. Their losses came at the hands of the Flyers, Panthers, and Hurricanes. All playoff-caliber teams and the losses have come pretty embarrassingly with each loss coming by exactly 3 goals. There is plenty of seasons left and plenty of time for the Bruins to right the ship. So do the Boston Bruins stink? Tarps Off Sports own Jack Gotsell said it best.
I want the #NHLBruins to lose every game from here on out. Tank for Shane Wright. This team isn’t going to win the Stanley Cup and if you think so I have bridge to sell you in Manhattan.
— Jack Gotsell (@GotsellMMA) October 29, 2021
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