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What will the Bruins do with Chris Bourque?

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07:36 PM ET 02.27 | I don't think there's a more talked about third liner in the NHL than Boston Bruins forward Chris Bourque. The son of Bruins legend Raymond Bourque, Chris has struggled to make a name for himself in the NHL and has had a hard time sticking with clubs. All that was going to change the day he joined the Bruins. However, Bourque got off to somewhat of a slow start this season and fans were quick to judge. In their defense, it wasn't hard, the numbers weren't there and the third line as a whole has been struggling. Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley have been mainstays on that third line since arriving in Boston and they've always played great two-way hockey while chipping in goals. But they too got off to a slow start and many were quick to point the finger at Bourque.

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February 27, 2013  10:49 PM ET

I don't think there's a more talked about third liner in the NHL than Boston Bruins forward Chris Bourque.

Seriously?

February 27, 2013  10:57 PM ET

He earns his way.........or he doesn't.

February 27, 2013  11:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He earns his way.........or he doesn't.

yup

February 28, 2013  01:46 AM ET

Nepotism.

February 28, 2013  07:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He earns his way.........or he doesn't.

Do him a favor and trade him to a team as far away as possible from where his famous dad played. Comparisons are inevitable and, his dad's shoes are awful big to fill. It's hard enough to make it in the NHL as is, without having to live under your dad's shadow.

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February 28, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Do him a favor and trade him to a team as far away as possible from where his famous dad played. Comparisons are inevitable and, his dad's shoes are awful big to fill. It's hard enough to make it in the NHL as is, without having to live under your dad's shadow.

I do believe you hit the nail squarely on the head with this one, Roamer. The old man shone in Beantown for a long while, and comparing the son to the father is like comparing chalk and cheese...

He needs a fresh start elsewhere to see if being under the shadow of the old man is what is really doing him in, or if he is just a seat filler on the 3rd or 4th line on any NHL team (with perhaps the exception of Columbus, where'd he'd be a shoe-in for the 1st line, I wager).

February 28, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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Nazem Kadri.

Kadri has played well considering his time on ice (about 20 shifts a night on average, and unless I'm mistaken about 16 to 20 minutes TOI) and has produced, Bourque on the other hand has did start horrendously slow, and hasn't really gotten off the ground... I thin Dad is making life a bit difficult for Little Chris here...

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February 28, 2013  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Do him a favor and trade him to a team as far away as possible from where his famous dad played. Comparisons are inevitable and, his dad's shoes are awful big to fill. It's hard enough to make it in the NHL as is, without having to live under your dad's shadow.

I agree, but I wonder if it's possible to escape so long a shadow?
The hockey world is for the most part, a pretty tight group. We all know all of the "greats', no matter what team they were on.

February 28, 2013  01:34 PM ET

Chris has has 3-4 stops since being drafted; none worked out particularly well. Not sure if the Bruins are his make/break point, but he grew up being Ray's son. I don't think that means the pressure in Boston is the difference. Likely the opposite. With Neely as President, I'm sure Chris greeted warmly, and he'll have every opportunity to prove himself. There's been talk of Kelly being a scratch too. Though the team goal differential looks OK, by and large the offense has been less than the sum of their parts. 12-2-2 is as good start, but this team can/will play better.

 
March 1, 2013  12:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Do him a favor and trade him to a team as far away as possible from where his famous dad played. Comparisons are inevitable and, his dad's shoes are awful big to fill. It's hard enough to make it in the NHL as is, without having to live under your dad's shadow.

good point

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