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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Melrose: Why B's fans shouldn't worry

By ESPNBoston.com



The Bruins are 9-11 since their Stanley Cup rematch against the Canucks at the Garden on Jan. 7 and are now have fewer points than four teams in the Eastern Conference. Nevertheless, as the trade deadline nears, ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose explains why he's not worried about the Black and Gold (video above).

"Obviously offense is one of the things they have to address," Melrose said. "I think they would like to get a scoring forward at the deadline. ... There are a couple of guys out there. Ales Hemsky from the Edmonton Oilers would be a very good fit. He's a very, very talented player and he's healthy. Ryan Smith might be a guy you could rent for a few months at the end of the season. He's going to go back to Edmonton, but you might be able to talk him into taking a run at the Stanley Cup.

"The Bruins' offense is not good right now, but you have to understand last year, everybody was having career years. ... This team is going to win with defense first, goaltending and timely goals. Don't get caught up in the fact that they're not one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL. Don't forget they won the Stanley Cup last year with probably the worst power play the Stanley Cup playoffs have ever seen."