I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself and give you the readers an idea of what you can expect from me and what types of stories you will see posted from me on rantsports.com.
I am a Chicago native, lived here most of my life except for 3 years living in Baltimore, MD. I am a Blackhawks fan, don’t close out the window yet, keep reading. I am also a hockey fan. I love watching games and especially teams that I don’t get to see often. I may have jumped on the Bruins bandwagon last year after my Hawks were eliminated in the first round. After watching more and more Bruins games, I found that this is a team that is fun to watch, has a great cast of characters, and they definitely know how to play Hockey (capital “H” intended.)
Chicago and Boston seemed to share a history of futility for a number of years, between the Red Sox and Cubs World Series droughts, one is still going on. The Bruins and Blackhawks going 30+ years without a Stanley Cup, only to have both cities take home the best trophy in sports in back to back years.
So I guess what I am trying to say is that even though we come from different geographic locations our plight into hockey greatness has followed a similar path.
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know all the players histories, where they were born, where they played in minors and I don’t know why Tyler Seguin is going to do this year but I think I can provide a insight into the team from a different prospective. I had to watch the Blackhawks go through the struggle of the “Stanley Cup hangover” and limp their way into the playoffs.
I am going to give my perspective on the Bruins this year and give as much insight as I can on how to have a successful season after winning the Cup. The Bruins didn’t have to deal with the player turnover like the Hawks did which should help keeping team chemistry and familiarity for the players and coaches. One replacement that is still to be made is who will receive the “A” which was formerly held by Mark Recchi?
I think the Bruins have a great chance to come back and make a serious run at repeat but as with any team you need your core to be strong all year, guys like Chara, Bergeron, Krecji, Lucic and Thomas. And you need your bottom six guys to pitch in. Sounds simple right? It’s not and that’s why they play the games.
It took me a little while to figure out how I as a Chicago native and Blackhawks fan was going to cover a team from the Eastern Conference and make it interesting and factual enough for people to read. Hopefully, this marriage works out and I can offer some interesting perspective and you as readers will let me know when I am off base or if I belong up in the nose bleeds yelling “SHOOT” every two seconds.
Going forward the posts won’t be so cut and dry with simple recaps and roster updates. The preseason isn’t as publicized and even less publicized 900 miles away. So check in here regularly because I will have a new post just about every day once the season starts, which is in TWO DAYS!!! Get ready Bruins fans, hockey is almost here.