Bruins can't solve Quick in 2-0 loss to Kings


Bruins can't solve Quick in 2-0 loss to Kings

By Joe Haggerty

LOS ANGELES A strangle little two-game West Coast trip came to an unsurprisingly sleepy ending on Monday night.The Bruins couldnt muster much offense and lost most of the physical battles in an effort that was missing heart, mind and body en route to a 2-0 loss to the Kings at the Staples Center in the heart of Los Angeles.The first score for the Kings came in the first period with Zdeno Chara in the penalty box and a soft underbelly exposed along the Bs penalty kill without their big captain. Ryan Smyth went right to the front of the net and pounded home the rebound of a Jarret Stoll point shot while splitting the defense of Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg.Young Kings winger Andrei Loktionov gave LA their much-needed insurance goal in the middle of the second period off a Bs turnover around the blue line that allowed Anze Kopitar to create the play.The Bruins missed on their best scoring chance in the second period as Zdeno Chara fired a one-timer off the outside of the right post when he had a wide open net to work with as Jonathan Quick was tardy getting to his spot.Tim Thomas was otherwise brilliant with a series of kick saves and glove stops including a butterfly pad save on a Jarret Stoll hot shot from the slot area. Minutes later Quick had his own great stop as Milan Lucic fired a puck on Quick from the high slot as he steamed toward the net. Quick was solid throughout and improved to 5-0 against the Bruins in his career with a 34 save effort that served as his fifth shutout of the season. Joe Haggerty can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Felger: Bruins have no choice but to overpay for defenseman


Felger: Bruins have no choice but to overpay for defenseman

Yes, four first-round picks for Jacob Trouba is crazy.

Yes, two firsts and David Pastrnak for Kevin Shattenkirk is stupid.

And, of course, Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson is ridiculous. (Remember Bruins fans: As bad as it's been, it could be worse. Peter Chiarelli could still be here.)

No one is disputing that the asking price for good, young defensemen across the NHL has gone haywire. If you're acquiring one of those players, you are likely going to lose the deal, and that's no way to run a franchise.

But here's the question for the Bruins: What's the alternative? Do the Bruins want to try and win in the Patrice Bergeron window or not?

That's what it comes down to for the B's. Bergeron will turn 31 in three weeks, and while he may have plenty of seasons left, his time as one of the best two-way players in the NHL is certainly more finite. He will likely be out of that elite status by the time anyone currently in the B's system develops into the type of No. 1 defenseman the team so desperately needs -- if there's even anyone who fits that description in the first place.

In other words, if the B's want a top-pairing defenseman anytime soon, they're going to have to pay for it. Or overpay for it. Draft picks. Players. Offer sheets. Whatever. Something unappealing is going to have to go out the door.

If there's another way, I'd like to know what it is. There's virtually nothing to choose from in the unrestricted pool. And everyone on the current depth chart is either too old, too young or too crappy.

So four first-rounders and a $7 million annual cap hit for Trouba? That's an impossible price to wrap your head around, until you consider the alternatives.

Ideally, the B's are using that Jets offer sheet threat as a leverage play, an attempt to create options in hopes the Blues lower their ask on Shattenkirk, or the Ducks lower their price on Cam Fowler. Maybe the B's have been trying to work a trade with the Jets for Trouba himself and are just bringing a hammer to the table. Lower your demands or we'll offer sheet him. Perhaps that offer sheet isn't even a realistic consideration and is nothing more than noise.

I have no idea. The only thing I know is that the B's still stink on D.

The players they have drafted the last few years may not be any good, and if they are it will be a half-decade before they're capable of playing the kind of playoff minutes necessary to contend for a Cup. The Bruins keep saying they want to contend now, which is pretty much impossible given the personnel on the blue line.

So what do they want? To wait for the kids and blow the rest of Bergeron's prime? Or give up an exorbitant price in a deal they'll very likely lose?

I'd probably lean towards the later, but there's really no right answer. It's called Bruins.

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Kalman: Bruins have to wait for secondary market of defensemen

Kalman: Bruins have to wait for secondary market of defensemen

Matt Kalman provides his take on what the Boston Bruins should do in terms of potentially landing a top defenseman this offseason.