NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to preview the Bruins’ upcoming West Coast trip, and also to look at what might happen at the trade deadline. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
With the Bruins losers of three of their last four games, and in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, McGuire feels the team might need to shake things up at the trade deadline.
“The Bruins are a team that might need to shake the tree,” said McGuire. “Not really hard so they lose a lot of the leaves on the tree, but shake it so the tree gets everybody’s attention. I do think there might be a tune out factor, or there could be a burnout factor — maybe some guys just need to be traded to get them a new leaf on life.”
“I wouldn’t mess with the depth of guys — I really wouldn’t,” he added. “I don’t think the depth guys are a problem. I think what they really need to do is add more offense. If you at it, this is a team that doesn’t have a 20-goal scorer on their roster. That is a little bit scary when you look at the depth they have down the middle. … When you have that kind of depth down the middle and you’re not getting scoring from the wingers in particular, that is problematic.”
The Bruins are set to begin a five-game road trip, beginning Friday night in Vancouver. McGuire feels this is a big stretch for the black and gold.
“They definitely have to go on a run here,” said McGuire. “I am telling you, this is the first time I can honestly tell you guys this … this is the first time the Bruins have to scoreboard watch.”
Over the last four games, the Bruins have scored just a total of eight goals. McGuire noted goal scoring has been one of the biggest issues this season.
“They are not scoring goals easily enough,” said McGuire. “There is some haphazard defensive play. There isn’t enough consistency for 60 minutes in their game. Tuukka Rask has this huge problem playing against the Montreal Canadiens — they are going to have to sort that out. There’s been a little bit of a lack of discipline. That was troubling the other night in that loss to Dallas — two short-handed goals against, that speaks to the lack of intensity and speaks to guys not paying attention to little details.
“This is the first time I will say this, because I am bullish on this team, I still like this team a lot, but this is the first time this year that they have to scoreboard watch and that is not a real comfortable thing for a team that is probably underachieving right now.”
This past week Tyler Seguin returned to Boston with Dallas. McGuire offered his perspective on why things didn’t work out in Boston, and said it wasn’t the system.
“He always comes up with the same thing, and I always respect him for it, and he says, ‘I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t prepared at the time I was playing in Boston to play at that level all the time.’ It was too easy for him. He needed to be stared straight,” McGuire said. “He needed a trade. He needed to go to a place where he realized, ‘I had something really good and I better work to never lose something good again.’ He’s a young kid and he needed that. Most young players need something to wake them up. I don’t know if it would have happened in Boston for him, I really don’t.
“The one thing I would say, the system didn’t hurt Milan Lucic a couple years ago, and it didn’t hurt Jarome Iginla last year, and it hasn’t hurt [David] Krejci most of his career there. It definitely hasn’t hurt [Patrice] Bergeron, so I don’t think the system is a problem. I think the system is actually pretty good with this team.”