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Video: Were the Bruins right in benching Milan Lucic?

Apr 23, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

With Nathan Horton hurt, the Boston Bruins need recently scratched power forward Milan Lucic to get things right.

The question is, did they burn the bridge to some extent by sitting the struggling winger in the first place? Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick debate the merits for and against that move in the video below:

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  1. hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    They should have done it a long time ago. Despite what his scoring numbers suggest, he is not a top 6 forward and when he doesn’t play physical, he shouldn’t be on the roster at all.

    He’s lazy in the neutral and defensive zone. He leads the team in turnovers by a wide margin and this doesn’t include his pass attempts to no one from behind the net that result in a loss of possession. His play the second half of last season and all of this season has been lethargic and uninterested, whether he’s out of shape, has issues at home or whatever it is, he has not earned his ice time.

    The most interesting part is Julien’s decision to treat Seguin like garbage when he has defensive lapses or makes a bad play while never demoting Lucic.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Byfuglien for Lucic straight up. Both clearly need a change of scenery, and anything that can be said about Looch can be said for Big Buff.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        Why would Boston do that? I don’t want Buff anywhere near this lineup.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Because the Bruins’ PP stands at 24th in the league right now. He’d be a better PP QB than any of Boston’s D currently are. Set him up with a good shutdown Dman and Boston’s offense would probably be even better.

  2. spyder00798 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Yeah. Bench him. Two goals last 26 games and earning over six million American dollars I believe this season. Skating with cement in his blades. Lets hope he can pull it together for the playoffs. There’s only so much Jagr can do.
    Quick bonus question… How freaking awesome is 41 year olde Jaromir Jagr? The only correct answer is: WICKED

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      He’s only earning $4m this year but $6m for the next three seasons. I don’t know anyone besides Chiarelli and the Lucic family who thought this was a good deal.

      • nhloon - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        He’s earning 4mm throughout ..4 years 16 million, where did you get 6,

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        I went to Capgeek; maybe his cap hit is $6m throughout? It was really late and I didn’t do a lot of researching haha.

  3. nunan - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Benching was the right thing to do..not even as punishment..just as a way to step back and reset. He is clearly a force when he’s on his game and it’s in everyone’s best interest that he find his game. Sitting down, getting a breather, and being able to reassess things is not a bad thing. When playing his game, he is a 60 pt/year, physical, nasty presence out there. Anyone who criticizes that is ridiculous. Lucic is fairly unique as a player, like it or not.

  4. whammy71 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    It doesn’t matter – Bs suck and will be going no where. No way they beat Pens 2-1 four times. Get out your clubs…..you’ll be golfing before you know it. WHAMMY!!!!!!!!

    Flyers suck too!!! ( just in case PhillyPhalicSymbol……EagleBalls…..and BroadStreetMeatBeater read this). Enjoy your summer everyone – while the Pens party with the Cup!

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      I don’t know why I’ll even bother answering with actual facts but with the Bruins having a game in hand and an easier remaining schedule, they should hold onto the 2 seed and the two teams would not meet until the conference finals.
      Teams that steamroll through the regular season rarely make it to the Cup, let alone one that will have chemistry issues once everyone is healthy.

      • whammy71 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:01 AM

        You said facts……your perceived chemistry issues are nothing but you wishing and praying to the hockey Gods. Morrow, Crankshaft and Iggy are at the end of their line and want a Cup…..they will do whatever it takes. No chemistry issues bro. Keep wishing!

        Bs don’t have the O to keep up.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:05 AM

        I don’t think the Bruins have a Cup winning team either. If recent history is an indicator, both Pittsburgh and Chicago are in for major disappointments this season.

      • valoisvipers - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        hockeyflow I could see it happening to the Hawks but the Pens look too deep for any team in the East to upset them. They being said if we see the Fleury that we saw last year that couldn’t stop a beach ball, then, yeah it could happen to them too.

  5. canucks30 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    Once again, if they don’t want him, we’ll take him.

    • 8man - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:52 AM

      And lots of times a guy changes scenery and begins to light it up again. And then the former team has to deal with the critics. “Well yeah he’s getting it done there and now, but he wasn’t getting it done here.” It’s a no win situation for the Bs unless Lucic finds his mojo in Boston.

    • nhloon - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      What the Cup ? TOO BAD P*SSY NUCKS S*CK !!!!!!

  6. ironmike778 - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Yes they were right!!! So much hype and so little results.

  7. ajsjr40 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Milan Lucic could be a great third line winger who plays a physical imposing game not constrained by pretending to be a first line power forward. That being said he will be grossly overpaid in that role. Craig MacTavish seemed to have a fair bit of interest in him up in Edmonton… hopefully the B’s can put something together. Maybe Taylor Hall for Lucic.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Taylor Hall, the first overall of the 2010 draft??

      For Lucic?

      Drinking?

      • ajsjr40 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        I wasn’t saying it made sense but what has Edmonton done that made sense? Clearly what Edmonton is doing isn’t working and if MacTavish wants toughness what Lucic brings doesn’t come cheap. There aren’t many of his type in the game. Too early to drink on the East Coast.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Ahhh…now I see your point.

  8. crusty14 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    It’s never too early to drink on the Canadian east coast!

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