Back, so what happened to the Bruins?
Yeah its been a few months, but hey I am back after a while away from the blog. So what happened in those few months? Celtics are 1 win way from another championship and o yeah, the Bruins made some moves...
Resigned Chuck Kobasew to a 3 year deal worth 7 million dollars. Another great signing, which will hopefully in a few years he will be underpaid. Kobasew scored 20+ goals this year in an injury plagued season to some degree. If he can stay healthy, he showed us he could score 30 goals. Kobasew has a knack for the net and is a gritty forward. I thought he could have gotten more, but injuries may have brought down his price.
Resigned Aaron Ward to a 2 year deal wort 5 million dollars. A great move. We all wanted Ward back, whether it was a 1 or 2 year deal. Most people thought Ward would get 3 million or possibly a little bit more, but by adding a 2nd guaranteed year, the Bruins were able to dilute the cap hit to 2.5 million from his 2.75 previous seasons salary. Ward will anchor this relatively young defensive corp and hopefully pot a few gamewinning goals like last year.
Traded Jonathan Sigalet to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Matt Marquardt. Sigalet was a promising defenseman in Providence, but he would have had to wait a while to play up here, and defense isn't an issue for us. Marquardt is a huge forward with some offensive upside. It remains to be seen if he plays for the big club next year, but it was a fair trade for both teams.
Announced Blake Wheeler will sign with the team. Probably the most exciting news in a long time. Wheeler, the former Gopher and 5th overall pick of the Coyotes, will likely sign a 2 year deal with the Bruins on July 1st. Wheeler is a very talented player who can score. It isn't known if he will play with the team this year, but either way he adds scoring to this team which we need. More importantly, it shows players want to play here. Wheeler could have picked any 30 NHL teams, but chose Boston because of the promising youth we have. After missing out on Fabian Brunnstrom, Wheeler is a nice compensation.