John-Michael Liles? Are you kidding me? What exactly is the point of adding a 35 year old defenseman to this dumpster fire of a team? Every single time the Bruins play a quality opponent, they wind up getting spanked up and down the rink. What a joke this is. The fact that Don Sweeney couldn't trade Loui Eriksson is downright ridiculous. It is Peter Chiarelli all over again, over-valuing the players on his roster and failing to make a tough decision.
If the Bruins sign Loui Eriksson to a contract extension, it will be a massive mistake. Why fire Peter Chiarelli if Don Sweeney is going to make the same mistakes he did? Eriksson is a good player but is absolutely not worth 5 year, 30+ million dollar contract.
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Wow! I didn't see that one coming. After last night's horrible Fastlane PPV, I knew the WWE had to have something up their sleeves. Last night's show got such a negative reaction throughout the WWE universe and really made it seem like this year's Wrestlemania was doomed. Welp, we were all wrong because Shane McMahon has returned to save the day!
WWE Fastlane is the final PPV before Wrestlemania. The WWE has been hit with huge injuries to top stars so the build to this year's Wrestlemania has been subpar at best. Was Fastlane able to get the WWE Universe hyped for Wrestlemania again? Let's break it down.
It was looking like another one of those nights for the Boston Bruins. They were up against a team that is currently in the playoffs in the Dallas Stars and the Bruins haven't played well against good teams all season. After the first period, it appeared they were about to be wiped off the ice yet again being down 3-1. However, things changed drastically in the second period.
The bruins lose to the nashville predators and desperately need to trade zdeno chara & Loui Eriksson
Zdeno Chara is not the player he once was and that is of no fault of his own. He is simply getting older and has lost a step or two. The fact is that he is completely wasted on this Bruins roster, I don't care if the Bruins are currently in the playoffs or not. If you have the ability to convince yourself that the Bruins actually have a chance in the playoffs this year then I'm jealous of you. I think they have first round sweep written all over them.
Wrestlemania 32 is right around the corner and is being held in Texas, the Undertaker's home state. A year ago I thought for sure that this would be the Undertaker's final match but now that seems unlikely. The Undertaker doesn't need a proper feud he can just show up on the Raw before Wrestlemania and everyone would be okay with it. However, in previous Wrestlemanias I would at least have an idea who Taker is going to face. This year? I have absolutely no clue. I'll take a couple guesses though because I'm a total dork.
With the trade deadline coming up tomorrow, the Boston Celtics have some big decisions to make in the next 24 hours.
Decision #1: Are the Brooklyn Nets' picks worth keeping?
The Celtics have had horrible luck in the draft lottery, does the name Tim Duncan ring a bell for any Celtics fans out there? They missed out on Duncan when the ping pong balls didn't bounce their way and the odds of them bouncing the Celtics way this year are not that great. However, if the Nets decide to trade Brooke Lopez the odds dramatically improve. Still, the odds aren't all that appetizing.
After another defensive meltdown Sunday versus Detroit, the Bruins bounce back and beat the Blue Jackets 2-1 in overtime. The Blue Jackets are a terrible team, but they have been playing well lately so I guess you could argue that this was a solid road win. If this same game was played at TD Garden there is no doubt in my mind the Bruins would have lost. They simply cannot play at home and it is still driving me crazy. I don't think the return of Adam McQuaid is going to effect this team all that much. Sure, they will be slightly tougher, only until he gets injured again in two weeks.
I've said it all along that this Bruins team is going nowhere and if a measly win over the Blue Jackets has changed anybody's mind about this team then congratulations. The proof is right there, the Bruins beat the lousy teams in the league then fold like a cheap tent when they face real competition. The trade deadline is just around the corner and I'm hoping against all hope that the Bruins' management realize that they need to sell off some pieces and prepare for next year. In my wildest dreams this team doesn't even come close to being a Stanley Cup contender.
Loui Eriksson scored the game winning goal tonight and I sincerely hope that I wake up to news that he has been traded tomorrow. He is not the future of this team and is not worth the contract he is going to command in the open-market. On Sunday, Zdeno Chara was on the ice for all six goals scored against the Bruins by the Red Wings. Please oh please trade Chara. He was a terrific Bruin and was one of the main reasons they won the cup in 2011. However, he is on the decline and would be a perfect second-pairing defenseman on a cup contender. Brett Connolly and Jimmy Hayes have pretty much done nothing all year and they still get a ton of ice-time. It is time to develop the younger players on this roster, yet the Bruins insist on sending them down to Providence.
It is hard to feel good about this Bruins team, in fact I feel like they are wasting time. Claude Julien is a terrific coach but he is not the best coach for developing younger players. He simply doesn't play them when they make mistakes. What is the point of this season? What was the goal? To make the playoffs then get spanked by real competition like they have been all year? Yippee, the Bruins defeated the Blue Jackets. It is going to take a lot more than that for Bruins fans to forget Sunday, the game against the LA Kings, the game against the Anaheim Ducks and the embarrassing loss at the Winter Classic. Please, sell at the deadline Mr. Sweeney.
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The last two games for the Celtics have been wild. They have played little to no defense but have hung in each game until the end. The loss to the Bucks last night was a tough one to stomach because it ended on an Avery Bradley foul with under a second left to go. However, the Celtics redeemed themselves tonight with a quality win over the Clippers in what may have been Paul Pierce's last game at the TD Garden.
The game was back and forth all night but the Celtics finally pulled away in overtime, leading them to a 139-134 victory. Isaiah Thomas and Chris Paul both played exceptionally well in probably the most entertaining Celtics game of the year. The buzzer beater by Bradley in Cleveland was definitely the most exciting finish to a Celtics game this season, but this game was the most entertaining throughout. Don't believe me? Brad Stevens, Mr. Cool himself even lost his mind during the game due to the referees being horrendous like usual.
I don't know how many more examples Don Sweeney and Cam Neely need to realize this team just isn't good enough. Milan Lucic returned to the TD Garden with the LA Kings and just demolished the Bruins. For whatever reason, the Bruins simply cannot win at home and even more telling is that they cannot compete with the better teams in the NHL. The trade deadline is approaching rapidly and the Bruins need to make a decision. Is this team worth adding to or are the Bruins better off selling some pieces? I vote for the latter.
The Bruins are caught in a tough position and their roster simply doesn't make sense. There is no reason to hold on to Zdeno Chara and Seidenberg. Loui Eriksson is another player that makes no sense for the Bruins to hold onto. Hopefully, Sweeney sees the same thing most Bruins fans see and knows this team is not good enough. I think they are quite far away from being a Stanley Cup contender and desperately need to overhaul this roster. There are way too many passengers on this team. Brett Connolly, Jimmy Hayes, Kevan Miller, the list goes on and on. These guys don't factor into the Bruins future and are not championship players at all.
Even though the Bruins are currently in the playoffs, there is no doubt they will be an early exit if they do indeed make it. Why wait till the offseason to acknowledge what is painfully obvious? It is time for a rebuild. This current roster is never going to get anywhere. They are soft and have limited skill players. Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Seguin were dealt away and it really has doomed this franchise. As of now, the Boston Bruins do not have an identity. The fact that the Bruins are in the playoffs highlights how poor the Eastern Conference is, not how great of a team the Bruins are. If there is one takeaway from tonight's game against the Kings, it should be that the Bruins are a flawed team that have no direction.
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