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Red Winger's avatar

Hard to argue this.

I was really surprised at how flat and unprepared Boston looked. On the other hand, take nothing away from the Habs, they played an excellent game, packed with speed and physical play. They out-Bostoned Boston.

I really can’t see the Rangers putting up much of a fight. I think Montreal is headed to the Finals.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/15/14 at 10:20 AM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

You can’t see NYR putting up much of a fight? I’m not saying they’ll win the series, but any team with Lundqvist in net is going to put up a fight.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 05/15/14 at 10:34 AM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

I wonder what Jack really thinks. MTL vs NYR should be a good series. At least it won’t be filled with Bruins-esque cheap shots and whining.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/15/14 at 10:47 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

You can’t see NYR putting up much of a fight?

Not really. I agree Henrik is a world-class goalie, but Montreal’s speed and continual scoring chances will wear him down.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/15/14 at 10:54 AM ET

Primis's avatar

You could see it in the DET-BOS series:  BOS genuinely expected to sleepwalk through the East.  That never gets you to the Cup.  And their window is honestly closing now, Chara ain;t playing forever…


I have NYR over MTL, for what it’s worth.  Maybe in 5.  MTL has been way, way too hung up on BOS “respecting” them.  While that worked great for BOS, I don’t know now what they do against NYR to get up to that same level.

NYR gets to be the Eastern sacrifice to whoever comes out of the West.

Posted by Primis on 05/15/14 at 10:54 AM ET

blammo's avatar

Gold medal game rematch for the ‘tenders. Price won that one.

Would love to see a Habs vs Hawks final.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 05/15/14 at 11:14 AM ET

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BOS genuinely expected to sleepwalk through the East.  That never gets you to the Cup.  And their window is honestly closing now

Seriously??

With the exception of Chara and Boychuk (30 years old) every single one of Boston’s best, core players in under 30 years of age. Couple that with the 3-4 young guys they dropped in that have proven to be legit NHLers and their window is wide fuc*ing open for at least another 3-4 years.

Posted by godblender on 05/15/14 at 11:21 AM ET

blammo's avatar

Gallagher and Lucic are (were?) buddies off the ice:

http://www.theprovince.com/sports/hockey/canucks-hockey/Gallagher+Lucic+shelve+Vancouver+bond+playoff/9788820/story.html

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 05/15/14 at 11:24 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Seriously??

With the exception of Chara

...

Well, it took you just a few words to get your answer why the window is closing.

What were the Bruins before Chara came?  Not contenders.  When he goes, they will likely resume mediocrity.  It doesn’t help that they had Tyler Seguin and then traded him for a 28 year-old Loui Eriksson as well, and relied heavly on an aged Jarome Iginla.

Guys like Lucic and Marchand are honestly probably in their prime NOW, and Hamilton or Krug aren’t ever going to be any kind of replacement for Chara.

The bottom won’t fall out, but BOS isn’t going to be Cup contenders anymore either.  Window closing.

Posted by Primis on 05/15/14 at 04:44 PM ET

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And by the way, Seidenberg (who they supposedly missed so much against MTL) is 32 years old.  So there you go, 3 of their top 6 d-men are 30 or over.

It’s very real.  Just ask Vancouver.  If you don’t have the system there to continue supplying, that windows slams shut real fast.  Especially when you trade away youth for experience on top of it.

Posted by Primis on 05/15/14 at 04:48 PM ET

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It doesn’t help that they had Tyler Seguin and then traded him for a 28 year-old Loui Eriksson

Uhhh and a 23-year old Reilly Smith (who scored 20 goals and had 51 points in his first full season), a 21-year old Joe Morrow (who projects as a top-4 NHL d-man) and a 23-year old Matt Fraser (who’s already cracked the Bruins playoff roster). Plus, you make it sound as if Loui Eriksson is some kind of scrub. Christ. He’s a former 30goal scorer and despite injuries still had a pretty productive season. All in all that trade could very easily end up favoring Boston.

As for Chara and Seidenberg (37 and 32 respectively)...they’re both locked up for 4 more seasons. You make it sound as if 32 is over the hill for an NHL defenceman. Chara is still plenty effective and will be for the foreseeable future.

Guys like Lucic and Marchand are honestly probably in their prime NOW,

Actually, probably not.

and Hamilton or Krug aren’t ever going to be any kind of replacement for Chara.

Maybe not in terms of physicality, but each of those guys scored more points than Chara did in the playoffs. They’re practically babies in this league and have already made a name for themselves. Wait until they get a bit of seasoning…yikes.

The Vancouver analogy makes no sense at all, either. In any case Boston will be very relevant for the next 3-4 years at least.

 

Posted by godblender on 05/15/14 at 05:43 PM ET

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