Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire on MFB: Bruins being referred to as 'sleeping giants in the league'

Ryan Hannable
December 04, 2014 - 8:42 am

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB prior to the Bruins'€™ game against the Sharks Thursday night, as well as to discuss the recent struggles of the team. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Despite losing four of their last five games, including two straight on the West Coast, McGuire doesn't feel like it is time to panic for the Bruins, especially with so many of their players out of the lineup with injuries. He was in Minnesota interviewing some Wild players earlier in the day, and they have a different thought of the struggling Bruins than many in Boston. "It's amazing how they perceive the Bruins compared to some of the people in Boston," said McGuire. "They perceive the Bruins as a contender for the Cup. They know they are playing them in about 10 days, on the [17th] of December. That is one of the things they were talking about -- one of the sleeping giants in the league right now is Boston. A lot of it is injury driven." Goal scoring has been an issue for the Bruins of late -- scoring just six goals in their last five games. But, again, this is because of the injuries they are dealing with. "It's injury related," McGuire said. "I did the St. Louis Blues-Chicago Blackhawks game last night. Everyone in the west is talking about those same things, and those are two of the upper-echelon teams in the west. When you have tiny injuries in the west you're in trouble, when you have massive amounts of injuries you're in huge trouble. Part of the problem for Boston more than anything else is they are going against real good teams. They are out west and they don't have 100 percent of their lineup. I wouldn't panic too much, this is part of the peaks and valleys that happen over the course of the course of an 82-game schedule." Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has not made the trip out West and has been spotted at other games across the league including in Buffalo earlier in the week, and then at the St. Louis-Chicago game on Wednesday. McGuire says it is just standard practice, and that doesn't mean a trade is necessarily coming. "I would say it's really important to have a very real knowledge base of every team's roster and not just from TV, but live as well," McGuire said. "I was at that game last night in Chicago between St. Louis and Chicago. I think St. Louis is looking to maybe do a little tweaking with their team. I don't think Chicago really wants to do a lot of tweaking with their team. One of their key players that a lot of people are speculating could be traded is Patrick Sharp, and he's injured. He's not even playing right now. "I wouldn't read too much into a general manager being on the road scouting. It happens around the league. If it is in your city you get all excited if you're a fan or a member of the media. You say, 'They are looking to make the big deal.' That's not always the case."