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Monday, February 05, 2007

A Look Ahead

This would be the current roster for next season, assuming none of the unrestricted free agents resign. The players who would be unrestricted free agents are: Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, Brad Stuart, Bobby Allen, Jason York, Jeff Hoggan, and Petr Tenkrat.



The Offense
The Bruin's really need to address the left wing position. With a surplus of right handed shots,they need to get a lefthanded shooter or two for the three top lines. If they can get Ladislav Nagy on the market, he would fit in perfect on the top line.

Free Agents: Paul Kariya, Nagy, Scott Hartnell, Ryan Smyth, Richard Zedknik, Jason Blake, Petr Sykora.
Minors:Kalus, Karsums, Krejci(center), Treveylan.
The forward position is obviously their biggest weakness and they should address this since they have lacked offense all season. Chiarelli should take a run at one of these left wingers, although many of them will command huge salaries. Hartnell and Sykora wouldn't look bad in the black and gold and would come cheaper than most of the others. Hartnell would also address the toughness issue. The four minor league players may get a look, with Kalus being the most likely candidate.

The Defense
Free Agents: Roman Hamrlik, Eric Brewer, Sammi Salo, Sheldon Souray, Brent Sopel, Chris Phillips, Preissings,Brian Rafalski.
Minors: Lashoff, Mark Stuart, Jonathan Sigalet.
Look for them to be active in attempts to lure a defenseman as well. Stuart's pricetag will probably be too high so they will look elsewhere. If they can get a #2 defensemen they should be in good shape, especially with Lashoff being the 5th or 6th defenseman next season. Chiarelli might try and trade a defenseman if he lands someone on the free agent market. Sigalet needs another year in the minors, he needs to bulk up and get some more experience. As for Mark Stuart, his stock has been dropping all season and has fallen behind Sigalet on the depth chart.

Free Agents Giguere, Garon, Legace, Biron, Weekes. There are others as well, but many in the upper 30's.

Thomas and Toivonen are both under contract, one may be moved this season, if not this season then look for one to be gone over the summer. Chiarelli will probably address this issue with great priority. Tuuka Rask is probably another year or two away.


Blogger Latrappe said...

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7:17 AM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

It's great to add players from the UFA but the B's have to do their homework first. This team will not win until Lewis stop to put on the ice players who hurt the team. It's good to have goals scorer but it chnage nothing to the result if they warm the bench.

Since the team ( Lewis ) is not willing to give Toivonen a real shot to know if can do the job, they will have to trade or go the to market. On the market, the B's will have to face a bidding war. I don't think the B's can afford another monster contract on their payroll. So, they will have to trade for one.

They need defensemans. Once gain, Lewis refuse to play Lashoff and Stuart in order to see if they can help the team. Stuart will be gone and the same apply to York. You will need two there and Allen is not a lock for next year... Lots of work to do but if the team so his homework, the task could be easier then they think..

7:20 AM  
Anonymous mack said...

Bochenski will crack the line up next season as well.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Pekese said...

Yeah, I'm not sure about his contract status or situation, but I heard he's signed for next season as well. If he's not signed he might be a restricted free agent. Not positive though.

4:16 PM  

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