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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Bruins offseason preview

What will be in store for this offseason?  The Bruins had a fairly bad offseason last year, failing to land any notable names, (Metropolit, Nokelainen, Schaefer, Fenandez).  But, they did surpass all expectations, finishing a close 8th in the conference, within 6 points of the 4th seed, and with over 90 points.  This team did it with injuries to Bergeron (entire season), Kobasew (large chunk), Ward for stretches, Muzzy for a lot of the time, Fernandez (entire season), Alberts (half the season) and a few more  So, this team figured out a few things.  It played good defense, and lacked offense, and I mean LACKED it.  They couldn't win if they let up 2-3 goals.  Rarely did this team have an offensive showing.  

So the Bruins will add Bergeron as a 70 point guy hopefully.  This is a guy who missed the entire season, and will be like a free agent signing.   Manny Fernandez will also be able to solidify himself in goal.  Alberts should help on the defensive end and hopefully this team will be more healthy.

The Bruins need offense, and that is their target this offseason along with a puck moving defenseman.  The Prize: Marian Hossa.  
This is it.  He is the only offensive guy in the market who can make a change on the offense.  7 years at 7.5-8 per.  This guy is an elite winger, something the Bruins haven't had in a decade since Neely.   How is a 50 goal scorer sound?

It is meant to be.  Montreal is out of the running after acquiring Tanguay, and Pittsburgh, as much as they want Hossa, can't afford him with Malkin and Staal to be signed, and don't forget Andre-Fleury.  Hossa, best seasons with Savard.  One of his best friends, Chara.  Knows, Chiarelli.  You seeing what I am seeing?  

Also, on the defensive side, a guy like Redden, Hainsey, or Campbell would be huge.  But they have Chara, Ward, Wideman, Ference, Stuart, Lashoff, Alberts at the D, so moving one or two would be a good idea in a trade.  

This should be an interesting offseason, where the Bruins do not really lose any names, but they must get some offense.  After failing to acquire talent in the draft via trade, the chances of landing the big fish in Marian Hossa is there.  With the cap over 57 million, buying out Muzzy should not be a must.

CAP SPACE.....13,472,000
RFA TOTAL......5,000,000
UFA SPACE......8,472,000

So, we have 8+ million to play with.  Could be a lot more if Muzzy is gone or other guys.


Anonymous bergie37 said...

Matt the only way i want to see Hossa in a Bruins jersey next year is if it is 7 mil or less...if he is such good buddies with chara and savvy and chia can work his magic he should be able to get some kind of discount on him...but at 8 mil a year for 5 years...i just dont see the value in that long term

11:20 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Well, it depends how you do the contract. Briere esque or Gomez esque? You could do 10, 8, 8, 7, 6, 5, 3 or w/e to get the cap hit down, or the Gomez way where the cap hit doesn't go down.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cap hit never goes down. they take the average of the contract and that is the cap hit for every season. Brieres cap hit is 6.5mil every season whether he gets paid 10mil or 3mil

11:37 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

I meant adding a BS final year to make the cap hit go down then to have big money throughout.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

we could do that...but would Hossa want to play for 2 mil at the end of his contract? i just dont see him wanting to do that

12:19 PM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

I dont either, and regardless of any ties he has with Peter, Z and Marc, he will take the largest contract offer.

I believe it will be Pitt, they are uncertain about Malkins future in the NHL, and they will be able to fit him in if Malone is gone along with a couple others.

Sure that would be great if he came here for reasonable money, but we are going to have to buy out either Manny or Muzz to use our cap room and still have Cap margin like I know Chia and Jacobs want. They want to fall between 2-4 mill under the cap.

Redden and Campbell will be offered more money from clubs other than the Bruins. They are great players but at what expense and for how much longer? Campbell sure didnt look awesome in the playoffs, nor did Redden....

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hossa is not coming here. He will cost too much money.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read an articel on and it said Joe Colbourne played the wing for the Kodiaks. He would take all the faceoffs then move to the wing for the rest of the shift. Sounds pretty versitile. Might be why the Bruins tabbed him, they have a ton of centres, but can't win faceoffs consistantly.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

hossa and his agent reported they broke off talks with the penguins looks like hes testing the waters afterall

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about radim vrbata? hes a winger that can play both sides and could be a free agent if chicago doesnt sign him. 27 goals 29 assists, 27 years old,and he was a plus 6 last year, the fourth highest on his team (the blackhawks overall were -97). hes pretty fast and has soft hands. hes downers are that he dissapears in the clutch sometimes and that hes not always physical enough. but with the bruins strong leadership im sure they could fix both of these. hes about the 2.5 3.5 mil range. thoughts?

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

umm he played for phoenix but yea he would be a decent signing. I beleive bosotn will go after ryder

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nooooooooooooo!!!!! Not Ryder he's an underachiever. He twidles his thumbs most of the season.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Murray and Fernandez being put on waivers sone and eventually sent to the minors i wonder if they will be able to get Redden along with Hossa when free agency starts?

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we should try for hainsey forget about redden

2:12 PM  

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