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Boston Fans Blast Bruins In NHL Front Office Rankings Poll



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Anyone that has been on Boston Bruins Twitter verse or listened to Boston sports talk radio this offseason can clearly see that the Bruins fanbase is ticked off more than they have been in the last 16-17 years.

In a recent poll for NHL front office rankings by The Athletic, Bruins fans went scorched earth on their team. Meanwhile, the rest of the NHL fans and insiders were a lot kinder to a team that has missed the Stanley Cup playoffs just four times since the start of the 2005-06 season and the beginning of the salary cap era. The rankings, which were constructed by longtime Athletic NHL scribe Dom Luszyszyn, were graded in six categories: roster building, cap management, drafting and development, trading, free agency and vision.

The rankings also took votes from The Athletic subscribers in their respective fan bases and nationally. Here’s what the rankings and grading looked like for the Boston Bruins team brass both locally and nationally:

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Credit: The Athletic

As you can see the highest grade the Boston Bruins received from their own fan base was a C in salary cap management and as Luszyszyn wrote, the C was likely a result of the amazing contracts general manager Don Sweeney has been able to sign the likes of captain Patrice Bergeron – who just signed a one-year, incentive-laden, $2.5 million contract – and David Krejci, who did the same on a one-year, $1 million contract. Sweeney also still has superstar wingers Brad Marchand (8 years, $49 million, $6.1M AAV) and David Pastrnak (six years, $40 million, $6.6M AAV) to bargain deals considering the current market for players of their caliber. Of course, Pastrnak is not signed to an extension yet as the final season of his contract looms, leaving him free to walk as an unrestricted free agent next July. That likely factored into the frustration of Boston Bruins fans polled for the rankings



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The rest of the grades on the Bruins from their fan base were C- or below, leaving them with an overall grade of a D. The outside critics weren’t nearly as harsh on the Boston Bruins, giving them an overall grade of a C+ and a B+ in cap management.

The Boston Bruins management and ownership can put off a rebuild as long as they want, but the likelihood is, the team will only get worse after this upcoming season and negativity from their fanbase will only increase.


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Catherine M. Ognissanti

Those grades don’t represent all of the Bruins fanbase. Like was said in the article, they have made the playoffs all but four times since 2005-06. And they won the stanley cup during that period. I choose to look at the good parts of our team. Goaltending has improved markedly. We have our captain back and Krejci too. I think there is too much worry too soon. Let them play some games and then rank them. Bruins forever


better goaltending? Rask won the Vezena, Rask and Halak won Jennings. Ulmark isn’t capable of either. as for the playoffs 16 teams go which is about 1/2 so what you are saying is that at least they are in the 50 percentile and that’s good


Thomas won Conn Smythe, our Cup champion.


i don’t understand why everyone is so excited about Bergeron and Krejci coming back when they went to the cup 2 more times they did nothing so why is everyone so up on them now and the other 2 times they had more talent what makes people think this is a playoff team


Bruins had the team, but Rask chocked, hey just my opinion.


This seems to describe the Bergeron and Krejci deals as if they are to Sweeney’s credit. They are a complete indictment on his cap management. Bergeron is willing to be on your team for $5 million, and Krejci for $3 million, because they care so much about this organization and are doing Sweeney a favor, basically being like “We’ll take way less and let you structure it how you need to because we just want to play together on this team.” That’s not Sweeney being a brilliant negotiator or strategist. In fact, despite this enormous gift, he can’t even fit… Read more »


That was a good read!


They won’t be so kind to management next year when Pastrnak walks. Will he want to stay for a rebuild after Krejci and Bergy retire?


How can anyone ever forget the 2015 entry draft – Zboril, DeBrusk & Senyshen ( 0 for 3 in my book ) still available were Barzal, Kyle Connor, Chabot, Boeser, Aho & Erikson Ek. Ooops – also gave away Senyshen for Brown – both not on the team now. Paid too much for Foligno, Big Mac, Ullmark ( $5M for backup goalie horrid numbers in Buffalo + no trade clause, really stupid ) and Coyle ( $5.25M for a 3rd line center ). Griz and Reilly are the exact same player with neither getting much production. Honestly I would prefer… Read more »

William Mahoney

Work on a trade for Pasta while he has value! For a McKinnon type player! I remember how the B’s got Espo, and all those productive players and look for a similar trade. Pasta is going to be problem noyt sa solution!

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