Although I haven't been able to see any of the pre-season games so far, what I have been reading is much less than encouraging. So far it sounds like my own worst fears for the season: a team that shows what it can do when it makes the effort, yet fails to make that effort consistently. For Bruins fans what could possibly be more frustrating than that? I mean, if they had no talent and totally sucked then we could just put bags on our heads and enjoy the game anyhow. But no--we have to be shown their potential but be left wondering why they don't make the effort to play their best every period of every game. I know it's just preseason, but with this sort of attitude, are they also going to consider the early going not worth their full effort?
This business of fighting is great if the other team wants to go because you have frustrated the hell out of them. But going just to prove you are tough ultimately wears thin. Once the season starts this team needs to be punishing. And if that gets players injured, then bring up people from Providence who are willing to be punishing to replace them until they get better. It's the price you have to pay to be a contender. Do they want it badly enough to pay that price?
It's going to be a dismal season if the players aren't held accountable. I can only hope that Julien is up to that task once the season starts. These guys need to stop talking and start hitting (with their gloves on). Every game. Every period. This is what won a cup for the Ducks last year. It's that simple.