November 5th was circled on the calendar as soon as the NHL schedule was released. It marked the day that former Bruin Tyler Seguin would return to Boston to face the Bruins. Questions were raised over how the fan base would greet the former right-wing. Some said that he should be booed because his alleged off the ice actions in addition to his poor on-ice play in the 2013 playoffs “might have” cost the Bruins a chance at hoisting the Stanley Cup. Others, like me, really could not care less and is happy with the team as constructed.
Nobody could have guessed that on November 5th, the Bruins’ fans would care less about Seguin and more about the play of the team.
Simply put, for some reason, everyone is freaking the ‘eff out. Poor play from the Bruins in their last few outings will do that to the fan-base. Over the years, they have been notoriously “sky is falling” over every little thing. Some of that was justified down the stretch last year as the regular season Bruins lacked heart and fight in each and ever game. It was so bad that Greg Ezell from Day’s of Y’orr picked Toronto over the Bruins and it was not totally weird.
Early November “Brupocolypse now” style complaining is nothing new, but also is not reasonable by any stretch of the imagination. Part of it does stem from that Tyler Seguin trade and the fact that he would currently be first on the team in points (15) two points ahead of David Krejci (13). The current iteration of the Bruins have always been offensively challenged which is what made the Seguin trade so hard to justify to some people. The fact that he has 15 points is not easing the offensive concerns of the Bruins fans.
Plus, the Bruins have not been playing their best hockey. In four of the last five games they have looked lethargic. They were able to steal wins in two of them – against two really good hockey teams as well – but it does not change the fact that Saturday on Long Island they looked like *******.
Despite it still being a really early part of the schedule, there was not one, but two reddit threads this past weekend plus devoted to either the negatives of the Bruins or what trades are reasonably available to the Boston Bruins.
Ask any of my friends. I am one of the most negative Bruins fans that there are mostly from the years of getting kicked in the crotch by the Bruins. I also know that holy crap guys its November lets calm down.
The Bruins will right the ship at some point. It’s a long, 82 game season and we are only a month into it. Players will get hurt, a trade will probably be made at some point, and players will return as the team comes together. It’s way too early to freak out.
Instead, lets enjoy this week. It has essentially become Bruins alumni week with Seguin tonight and Tim Thomas making a (possible) return on Thursday. November is still the regular season last I checked. There is still a lot of hockey to be played.