DC wrote:Where is RA when we need him ?
Vegas. Home now but still on Vegas time, hence the late trolling.
I gave my thoughts on the topic immediately (" Alanis Morissette >>>>>>>>> MCA"). Frankly, I'm a bit surprised this many people took the bait. But since you asked...
Surprised nobody called him out on this bullshit: Bourque "shot his way out of town, demanded a trade".
Sure, he shot his way out of town and demanded a trade...
That's pure bullshit.
They were in the ass-end of another season with no playoffs (IIRC, he was traded after Bs were eliminated) and were years from contending. He went to management---not the press---with a small list of teams he'd be willing to waive his NTC for in hopes of winning what wasn't going to happen here on his watch (thank the maker it wasn't Philly). He didn't drag anything out for months or rent ESPN for a press conference to announce it (like the guys in MCA's warped comparison).Teams were very hungry for his services as he was hardly a slouch at 39. He was playing 27+ minutes/game, more in playoffs, and though a bit slower, was still a better guy to have on the ice in the playoffs than probably 95% of his peers. Colorado met their price (considering they were parting with their icon, the Bruins got a good return that they would later butcher on their own terms). And off he went.
Bruins were in top 10 teams in spending that year so they were spending money, just not wisely. If Bourque was adamant about getting traded for his owner being a spendthrift, it likely would've come long before then (like when Oates spouted off). And he was anything but a big-mouth, in fact one of the few criticisms of him over the years was that he wouldn't speak up when he probably should have.
He was a classy guy here, classy when he left, and nobody had a bad word to say about the guy (except for that noted above), why the hell wouldn't Bruins fans root for him? We could see the writing on the wall with team (they were going nowhere for a few years) and Bourque was only going to play another year or two. Give him a chance at a Cup and get some assets in return. Sucked to see him go but he's not the first or last legend to finish up elsewhere.
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