Who gets the AXE next?
With the trade of Stuart and Primeau and the acquisitions of Kobasew and Ference, it is very apparent Peter Chiarelli is looking for the future. Now the only question is, who is the next player to get traded? There are a few possibilities: Marco Sturm, Paul Mara, Glen Murray, and P.J. Axelsson. Sturm almost certainly be dealt this season. Not sure what Chiarelli will try and acquire via trade though. Glen Murray, the leading goal scorer, has been rumored to be on the block, but hopefully PC keeps him. If any team will take Paul Mara and his 3 million dollar salary for next season, then pull the trigger. As for Axelsson, in my opinion, he should be the one to be traded. His stock is relatively high for a checking line winger. He is under contract for next season and the season to follow as well, which could attract some more interest from other clubs. Axelsson is clearly being put into roles in which he can not succeed. Chiarelli seems as if he is going for younger, faster, tougher players who at this time are not stars, but he is hoping they can blossom into stars. Axelsson does not fit that mold, for he is an aging winger, who seems to get injured season after season. Right now, Axelsson does not fit in well with this roster and for 1.85 million dollars, he is easily replaceable in the role he is playing. The Bruins' play a much better, more complete game when he is not in the lineup(7-4 without him). Overall they would miss his PK skills, but if they can move this guy then they should, because if not then they are stuck with Lewis throwing PJ on the first line and powerplay for 2 more years.