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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Boston Beatdown: Options

Trade deadline time approaches for both the NBA and NHL.  And with the Celtics and Bruins still struggling and dealing with lowered expectations, the rumors are flying.  But, tell me the options!

Bend my ear  
Twist my arm
Tell me the Options

They all suck.  But, both teams benefit from standing pat.

For the B's, the price for Ilya was too high, and he was not the scorer they needed.  And the scoring they need is not out there right now.  They need to find it on their bench.  They did last night with Paille stepping up early.  And they did in Montreal a few nights earlier with McQuid's early goal.  Come playoff time the first line gets matched up with the other teams best defensive line to shut them down.  This puts pressure on teams to find other scorers.  For the Bruins, that need is now, and thank goodness it is happening.  This will payoff, I promise you.  I say stand pat, do nothing. Play the bench, give them chances, and put the pressure on them.  If you aren't going to mortgage your future, then show them why!  Not trading them is a sign of faith, follow through and play them.  Give them Shootout opportunities, give them Power Play chances.  Open it up and go for broke.  Leave it one the ice guys.

For the C's, they can buy almost anyone they want.  They have such depth that they can dip into that well to get the player they feel they need.  Couple issues on that scenario though.  First is you need a 2 guard, because Ray Allen is still in John Stark mode.  And he is very tradeable with his expiring contract.  But the guy is money in the playoffs, and has hit several clutch shots for us this year, despite his prolonged slump.    The best you could do is break even on an Allen trade, because he will turn it on in the playoffs.   The other issue is that the Celtics will need their depth.  Of their 6 man rotation, 4 of them are over 30, and even if you trade Allen, 3 of them will be.  And if you trade Glenn Davis then your frontline gets very old, very fast.   We've talked about Allen, but if we trade Davis we don't have the big man depth to cover an injury, or even a foul out.  Sheldon Williams has been impressive when KG and Davis were both out, but I'd feel better with Davis.  And lastly rumors have involved Eddie House as well.  Again, we need a 2 guard, why trade a 2 guard?  And he's played very well since Pierce's injury, especially with no Marquis Daniels.  This team is too old to trade any of the depth.  And dumping age won't give you the gains you need.  Stand pat, get healthy, rest the geezers.  The ring is not out of reach yet.

Lastly, the Patriots.  They decided to let Belichick be the Defensive Co-ordinator.  This is a huge mistake.  Bill is already overloaded.  The brain drain has killed this team more than anything else.  What Belichick needs are older Co-ordinators who have zero interest in being a head coach (someone that's been there, done that, and sucked at it) to come in and stay put!  Just like the Steelers had Dick Lebeau and the Colts had Tom Moore.  Changing systems are the doom of any NFL team and that is exactly what the Pats have been going through since winning the 2004 Super Bowl.  Belichick's genius, like that of many great leaders, is to surround himself with smart people who will challenge him.  Then they hash out the ideas in heated, but respectful arguments, and come together and crush their foes.  That formula wins, it always wins.  And Bill needs that to get back to the top of the mountain.  Having less advisors is a step in the wrong direction, for Bill and the team.  Go get experienced help.  And give Wilfork his money.  Be cheap if you want, but offer him the same deal you'll give Brady.  Because you know Brady will take less to win.  Not because they are of equal value.

Weekly record:
B's 2-1-2
C's: 3-1

So much improved from that ugly January.  Things aren't great but the time to turn around is now, so there is still hope.

Congrats to Boston College for winning their 15th Beanpot.

Truck Day is friday.

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