Did the Bruins make the right moves?
(NECN) - Trade deadline addition Mark Recchi scored twice in his second game with the Boston Bruins -- a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bruins also acquired defenseman Steve Montador at the deadline, adding some depth to the blue line. But were those moves enough? Rumors had Boston on the ...
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Mark -- making an impact in just his second game of the -- two goals and recchi was the big name for the Bruins at the trade deadline Joe. That they do enough was this enough as this team now a legitimate Stanley Cup contender but what they get outside. I was out of some trouble focusing their craft those college senior day out yet I was flashing back to senior day it's sort of I -- -- -- -- -- people on the stand I know you well up there and they got emotional in -- as a mother. Myself I -- it. Yeah I think they do it I think they did do enough you know we I know we were going back and forth talking about the progress thing in. You know what they needed to do -- didn't need to do that. And it it obviously you don't you don't see Mark Recchi and Steve a month or committed say all right they've locked up the cup that said. But that is at the end of the day they had two very explicit and very specific needs. They needed a depth defenseman a guy that was going to be able to step up if somebody got hurt. And just be competitive for one those five or six spots down at the bottom so you'd may be eating out which -- no idea and then night after night. And you also needed a guy that was a left handed shot that was very good on the power play that could have some skills on offense that you could pair with Marc Savard down low. They filled both of those needs I think Steve -- -- -- very nice pick up he's having his best the best -- -- HL. Of his that he is best season of his NHL career he's played with a lot of these guys before he's willing to mix it up he plays quote unquote Bruins. Style hockey you know making it tough to play against. But I think Mark Recchi really has a chance to do something special with this team I mean. Yes he's 41 years old he's also scored 500 goals. He's got Stanley Cup experience he's a lefty shot he has nineteen points on the power -- going into this year and an abysmal Tampa Bay team. He feels so many needs for them and you can see already. A lot of the young guys kind of looking at him like oh my god I've played this guy on you know Sega Genesis are -- -- PlayStation when I was a kid holy crap and now he's sitting right next to me. As you can just see today. You know he's getting banged around Donnelly saw that first always going to get absolutely chipped by the Chicago defense we got totally banged up. But he stayed right in there and he ends up you know get the puck and flipping it past the goalie. Right in that dirty area the clock actually keeps talking about that's exactly what this team needs somebody like that. Talk about what they needed they needed a third then we talked about before they needed size they didn't really address them -- the doors tough got recchi obviously tough guys you mentioned we're gonna dirty spots in fact he said today. That's kind of -- the score nowadays about a guy's gonna score from the outside but big physical teams Philadelphia and New Jersey. Have backed them up pretty good when you look at the result the season when the way they played. Haven't even compete with that and that's that's the -- one of those series if you play those guys down the road with the same problems they're bigger and stronger -- we yeah. Yeah Andy doesn't think the -- you're right they didn't you know come in with -- months of the going to be able put in the middle. But in the end it was -- you know -- get picked it lets be honest they want you to chat if he was available and that's the guy that would -- -- after because not only would be -- given them the -- style you know toughness down low and skill but he's also 63 and 230 to forties the -- -- mediator -- huge but Saint Louis was not giving him up so they had to get what they could with Mark Recchi which is almost as good just a little bit smaller but the same time. He's very strong in his skates he's like a little fire hydrant and it's hard to move him out of here you talked to a lot of the defenseman on the Bruins about defending him and they said. He's one of the most aggravating guys in the NHL to try to play against because you can't move him so maybe not physically big. But he gives awfully plays bigger than he is and Shawn Thornton called the team and I'm not gonna steal this phrase team tough and and then our way. Even if they're not the biggest team in the world they are very strong. They're gonna make you work for everything that you had when they're giving it their all I think the biggest problem they have those teams when they played them was they weren't skating with the intensity that the east side of the team today and that and that was the bigger issue. And they still haven't spots of big boys I mean. Zdeno Chara is that -- huge Lucic is big they've got some guys that can do that but they're about the play different game -- not going to be able to slug it out with the New Jersey Devils I think that's obvious. I wonder at some point in April or may when surely sitting up there watching things maybe go badly for his team that it doesn't take himself. Should pull the trigger on that front trying to show up on the way to make that happen very good looks whether he's got pulled off the table and on Wednesday or whether he was still. We're Santa but we just -- to raise the price warm Phil Kessel was the obvious and they kept going back what you've interpreted Bergeron -- as well you know. Could they have been well I mean could they have managed to do that could manage to bring -- prior and give up one of their top guys still survived and been better. The post season. Maybe but it I find it hard to watch them and take such a big piece out of it even if you put him in. I think people automatically envisioned you put charity and you put up front into the equation. Also in the Stanley Cup as one lets you know young -- play the games they're gonna win it I was never of that opinion I still thought it was going to be a tough battle for them. And I think it would have been really difficult for them I think you and I talked about this I think it would have been a much easier. Decision to make if Marco Sturm -- healthy and in the lineup that you had another outscored. Skilled offensive player. And maybe you could have traded away Cassel and not really felt like you were given away too much offense but this year with the way that their belts. You trade him away you're risking a lot right now the with the chemistry in the -- that was the one thing -- hurt. From the Bruins flares up until the deadline was don't mess with the core door and that was another great thing about the trades they didn't do that run don't mess with the court don't mess with all the really important parts this team. Because you could do a lot of damage that you're not going to be able to recover from they didn't do that and I. I think they still look good for at least a few rounds through that through the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the one interesting thing is. You may see this get revisited again this whole Pronger castle whatever thing in the summertime because the ducks are gonna go back to the table and they're gonna be looking to trade him again. And maybe it's a lot more attractive to them when they're trying to sign Phil Kessel a contract this off season and he wants a lot more money than they wanna give them.