Bruins after Jay-Bo?
According to...yes, Eklund, the Bruins may be offering the best package for Jay Bouwmeester, the young stud defenseman from Florida.
Now, before any Panthers fans goes, Lucic, Kessel and Rask on us, let's examen this.
Previous Florida deals....
Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a 6th round pick for Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Auld and Bryan Allen. Luongo was an RFA, no long term deal could be made, so they dealt Luongo, arguably the best goalie in the league and Krajicek was a decent young defenseman with some potential. For Todd Bertuzzi who had sucked for 2 years, battling legal issues and was a shell of his former self, not to mention injury prone. Alex Auld a good young goalie, but unproven and did not last in FLA. Bryan Allen was a decent defenseman.
Olli Jokinen for Nick Boynton, Keith Ballard, and a 2nd round pick. Ballard, good young defenseman, Boynton was on waivers last year and a 2nd round pick, worth nothing really. All of that for 2 years of an all-star center.
Now, Previous deals for Elite Defenseman.
Chris Pronger for Eric Brewer, Jeff Woywitka and Doug Lynch.
Chris Pronger for 2 1st rounder, a 2nd rounder, Joeffry Lupol and Ladislav Smid
Dan Boyle for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart and a 4th round pick
You have to think, FLA isn't as smart based on previous deals, so they won't be getting as good as a deal EDM got for Pronger. More along the St. Louis deal. A NHL defenseman, good but not elite prospect, a lower prospect and a 1st-2nd round pick.
My offer to FLA, would be.....
2010 first round pick, Andrew Ference, Peter Schaefer (salary reasons), and Vladimir Sobotka/Carl Soderberg for Jay Bouwmeester.
I am not going to overpay knowing he will be a UFA next season and we have TONS of money to spend.