NESN’s Andy Brickley talked with Mut & Merloni on Thursday about the Jarome Iginla trade, Wednesday’s shootout loss to the Canadiens, and the tremendous play of Patrice Bergeron .
Brickley said of Iginla’s decision to go to Pittsburgh: “I don’t think it’s the timeline that’s the difference here. What it comes down to, and this is the bothersome part for me certainly, the Calgary Flames , their ownership and their management team and their responsibility to their fan base, they need to make the best deal possible for the future of that franchise. If you just stack up the two deals, the Pittsburgh offer and the Boston offer, there’s no comparison. The Boston offer is better. It leads you to believe that Jarome Iginla shortened his list, shortened it to one team when the deals were on the table.”
With this blockbuster falling apart, Brickley said that a trade may be necessary, but also some key players need to play better and get healthy for the stretch run.
“They’ve got to have [Johnny] Boychuk healthy,” Brickley said. “They’ve got to have [Adam] McQuaid healthy. They’ve got to have [Chris] Kelly healthy. They’ve got to have [Milan] Lucic and [Nathan] Horton playing a far more consistent game than you’re getting right now. … They need their power play to be a little sharper than it’s been. You hope that work in progress finds a good streak when you get into the postseason and then you have to add to that. They definitely need another defenseman, there’s no question about it.”
If the B’s do decide to go the route of acquiring a new player, they will have until Wednesday at 3 p.m. to complete a deal.
“I really like [Mark Streit],” Brickley said. “It all comes down to, ‘Do you think he’s a good fit? Can you afford him, and what’s the price to get him?’ It’s always that. That’s always the formula, those are always the variables. He would be definitely a guy that I think Bruins fans would appreciate. I think he’d fit in nicely here and I think he gives the Bruins far more options — versatility, flexibility on their back end.”
With Wednesday’s defeat, the Bruins have alternated wins and losses in their past five games. They will have a busy weekend, traveling to face the Flyers on Saturday afternoon and taking on the Sabres in Buffalo on Sunday night.
“I think [what went wrong] is what’s been there the majority of the losses for Boston,” Brickley said, adding: “When the game’s on the line they either turn the puck over or they can’t finish an offensive play. Those two elements combined, that’s not a good combination and when you add Montreal’s speed and their ability to create offense, turning defense into offense, you’re going to have some problems.”
One of the bright spots from Wednesday’s otherwise tough loss was Bergeron. He had a goal in the second period, upping his season total to 10.
Said Brickley: “I remember going to training camp. Day one, when he was 18 at training camp, and one of the guys that I watched played junior, he came up to me and said, ‘Watch this kid Bergeron and let me know what you think.’ Even at 18, you saw this uncanny hockey sense of, not only knowing where to be but how to get there, all the moving parts.”