Pierre McGuire on M&M: Bruins ‘didn’t destroy the fabric of their team’ at trade deadline
|03.07.14 at 1:23 pm ET|
NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss the Bruins’ decisions at the trade deadline. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
The Bruins traded a conditional pick to the Flyers for defenseman Andrej Meszaros Wednesday.
“They didn’t destroy the fabric of their team, which is really important,” McGuire said. “One of the great things about the Boston Bruins is the chemistry of the team and how they rally around one another.
“I talked to somebody in another market who’s a manager about this, they said the thing about the Bruins that makes them tough to play against is strength down the core of their team — so [David] Krejci, [Patrice] Bergeron, [Chris] Kelly, [Gregory] Campbell — you’re locked and loaded and everybody knows their role. Then you got the shutdown presence of [Zdeno] Chara, the shutdown presence of [Johnny] Boychuk. You’ve got the maneuverability of Torey Krug. You’ve now got Andrej Meszaros.”
During his rookie season, Meszaros played on a line with Chara and was a plus-34.
“I think you start out slow and then you build up to see what he can handle,” McGuire said of Meszaros and Chara playing on the same line again.
“Those guys have played so much together in the National Hockey League, and so much internationally that you’ll see that this is good. Peter Chiarelli knows Meszaros really well from their days in Ottawa together, so I think, quite frankly, Boston did a good job by not messing with the integrity of the team.”
Following are more highlights from the interview. For more on the Bruins, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.
On Kevan Miller: “Most people really don’t know who Kevan Miller is. Kevan Miller has become a very stable player for that team. I think that’s one of the things, when you see a player that can play close to 20 minutes in a game and can count on him being a plus-player, that’s, I think, a really important player for your group.”
On if the Bruins regret trading Tyler Seguin: “I don’t know if Tyler Seguin ever would have gotten to this level playing in Boston. Sometimes a young player needs to be scared straight, and one of the ways of scaring them straight is to trade them. For whatever reason it just doesn’t work out in the town that drafted him, but you trade him and it works out and I think that might have been the case with Tyler because it wasn’t working out. It wasn’t working out with consistency.”