BOSTON (CBS) – Like most Bruins fans, Bob Beers is a little disappointed with what Boston’s hockey team did – or didn’t do — at the 2014 trade deadline.
The Bruins made one trade, acquiring defenseman Andrej Maszaros from the Philadelphia Flyers for a third-round pick, but is it enough to make another run at the Stanley Cup? The Bruins’ play-by-play man isn’t convinced.
“If all things are equal, in other words, you go into the playoffs right now and you’re in the Cup Finals or Conference Finals with your team right now against a team like the Pittsburgh Penguins, it will be awfully difficult,” Beers told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz. “A lot can happen, and that’s what you learn with the playoffs; whether it be injuries or players getting hot and playing really well. For the Bruins to move on and be a contender this year, a lot would have to go right for them to be a legit contender.”
As for Maszaros, Beers says he could be a top four defenseman on the B’s.
“He’s an NHL player with experience,” said Beers. “It’s a little underwhelming, but he’s a guy who can step in and play and you don’t have a lot of fall-out from where you are right now.”
“He’s going to play the left side, and if Torey Krug is your third defenseman on the left side, which he is, your second defenseman on the left side is going to have to play about 20 minutes. That’s what (Matt) Bartkowski has been doing and that’s what they’ll ask Maszaros to do if he takes Bartkowski’s spot,” said Beers.
When Beers was told that the Montreal Canadiens acquired Thomas Vanek for a second round pick and a prospect, he simply responded with “wow.”
Beers also said that defesnseman Andrew McDonald, who was acquired by the Flyers from the Islanders for a pair of draft picks and a prospect on Tuesday, would have been an “even better fit” for the Bruins.