Ward, Kessel, Kobasew and yes you are forgetting Axelsson. No they are not the chemistry but part of a collective chemistry that adds up to build a team chemistry. If you subtract some of that chemistry and character and add other pieces it will never add up to the same thing. Every team every year changes pieces and it changes the way it plays either marginally or greatly. The other problem is TT had a career year last year. Played over and out of his head. We should have all seen it for what it was. A 35 year old guy who has been playing hockey his whole life does not all of a sudden put it together at 35. He may have a great season but he is not going to become the greatest goaltender of all time at that point. It just does not all of a sudden click into place. I am not knocking TT. He is playing right now up to his career stats this year so he is having a normal year for him. I agree about Kessel being gone, my only point through all of the Kessel talk that I make is that if you have a 35 year old average goalie who has a Vezina winning season you do not break the bank for him instead of a 23 year old "goal scorer". Which contract in the long run do you think is going to be more beneficial to them. On top of giving TT 5 million a season he also got himself a no trade clause. We all know what those mean. Kessel is gone. I agree we should stop talking about him but the problem is the Bruins brass traded him away and did not replace him. Because of that everytime we talk about a lack of goal scoring it has to be discussed that is the reason they lack goal scoring. I agree that Savard and Lucic have been hurt but you could have had Bergeron or Krecji playing with Kessel and you still might have been able to put some points up. If Lucic is still banged up he should be sitting out. Does anyone really think this team as currently built can win Lord Stanley's Cup? They are not to far away from what an offseason can fix but they are to far away for what an inseason fix can fix.
Are the Bruins buying or selling Matty? It makes a difference. Most teams that are in a playoff position have goaltending in place. The one real question mark is Chicago I think, but they are not going to give us anything to help us this year so most likely you will get a prospect or draft picks in return and you will need a goalie in return to back up Tuukka. I said in a previous post that they should ride out this season and then fix the issues they have in the offseason. I feel that they can better fix the issues they have through free agency during the summer and then maybe a trade of TT. TT's contract hurts any trade because he will be 36 years old soon and having an average year for him does not put many people in the mood to pick him up looking at spending 15 million over the next three years and that no trade clause. I would take what I could get for him in the offseason because I think you can get more then than you can now.
there are lots of teams unhappy with their goalies. Avalanche, Black Hawks, Predators, even the Capitals are not exactly thrilled with Jose Theodore, and figure thery could do better.... there are lots of buyers and these are just the ones in contention... Some of these teams may not be able to pick up Tim Thomas' contract though... he is still attractive to most teams.. even the Bruins because average or not, he is better than many goalies in this league, and coming into a game thinking you need a shutout to win probably hasn't helped him out so far.
Oilers or a low down team could want him but since they aren't going anywhere, they probably wouldn't offer up a lot unless it was the off-season. I think the Predator's have space left .. maybe Chicago would have the space and trade a lesser paid player to create more room.