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Breaking up is hard to do: Lucic and Horton split up

Oct 20, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic AP

It was a relationship you never thought would end. Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton are being split up by Claude Julien in an effort to spark the Bruins and end the days of frustration in Boston.

The Bruins aren’t scoring goals and they need to do something fast to try and spark things. Tonight against Toronto, they’ll roll out there with a brand new set of lines, a group that saw some work together during the Bruins’ 4-1 loss to Carolina the other night. After seeing the way Lucic and Horton (as well as David Krejci) played together in the playoffs last season, it seemed like the kind of trio that would work together forever. A new season has brought new issues, however, and with the Bruins averaging less than two goals per game, changes were necessary.’s Joe Haggerty breaks down the numbers that Horton and Lucic have put up together this season and they’re less than stellar.

The Bruins are 2-4 in their six games, last in the NHL in goal-scoring, and three points along with a minus-1 out of Horton and Lucic in 12 games. The struggles of Lucic and Horton might not be the biggest problem facing the Black and Gold in their first half-dozen games, but they’re clearly not part of the solution either.

That ain’t good and for Boston they’ll hope that Phil Kessel and the Leafs don’t make them look bad tonight. Potentially working in Boston’s favor is they’ll get to face Jonas Gustavsson in goal for Toronto. The Monster has yet to play this season so it’s an opportune time for the Bruins to snap out of their funk. The Bruins have to hope that Lucic and Horton aren’t too sad after their split. Breaking up is hard to do after all.

  1. mgp1219 - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    I’m a life long Bruins fan and would not mind seeing Lucic traded. He’s more hype than production I know he scored 30 goals last year (including 5 ENG), but he is simply not a smart player. He makes more mistakes than most Bruins fans realize or deny. Get past the “Neely protoge” crap. He’s no Cam Neely and never will be. Hell, he doesn’t evn hit anyone anymore. If he doesn’t play a physical game, he might as well sit, and he generally doesn’t start hitting people until the Bruins are down 2 or 3 goals. One of the most overrated players in the game today. I’d take Rick Nash any day over Lucic.

  2. derekl1113 - Oct 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    I have to agree with mgp. So much so that it feels like I wrote that myself. Lucic doesn’t play with that chip on his shoulder anymore and is bringing down his whole line. Krejci is wasting his talents trying to set this slug up. He is slow to the puck, can’t catch passes cleanly, can’t pass, and has a terrible shot. Why this guy gets so much ice time and PP time is mind blowing. Nathan Horton, and I know he is still finding his way coming back from the concusion, is starting to play like Lucic and it scares me. I’ve been saying all along that I would love to see a Seguin-Krecji-Horton line and move Lucic down to the third line. Playing against other teams’s top speed line kills Lucic. Maybe that would wake him up and he can earn his way back up but if I was offered a fair trade I’d be the first at the airport thanking him for his time here and thanking him for leaving.

  3. danphipps01 - Oct 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Yeah, I’m with you guys too. Sell him high while he’s coming off a season that makes him look better than he is. He’s really not that great. You could use a faster guy who favours a sniping style of game in his slot. There’s enough muscle in Horton, and Seguin will fill into a fairly solid guy too. I don’t know, maybe run Marchand on the left side? He’s gonna be a top-line guy in short order, I think. Thirty or more from him is much more likely than the same from Lucic.

  4. nhlbruins90 - Oct 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Another voice of agreement here. Lucic has been invisible through the first six games. If he could just bring half as much anger to the game as he did to those cops outside his condo, he might be effective. As great as the ride was last year, that’s just a memory now.

    The moment he became trade bait was when he uttered those six delusional words – DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? Yes, we do. And we still don’t care. Sell high, trade him.

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