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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tight up against the cap

The Bruins are very tight up against the cap this season, especially with the recent signing of Stephane Yelle. I can see the Bruins making one or two minor moves before the start of the regular season. By minor moves, I mean trying to send a player through to the minors. If he clears then the Bruins are not responsible for the cap hit. However, if they are claimed by another team then they must split the remaining salary with the team that claims them. Two players who may have a chance to clear waivers and successfully be sent to the minors are Jeremy Reich and Peter Schaeffer. Another option may be having either Vladmir Sobotka or Petteri Nokelainen spend or start the season in Providence, since both players have two way deals.

Although Schaeffer has been a huge dissapointment, I still feel like he has something left to provide to this team. That is however, if he gets a chance to play, which I do not feel will happen this season unless there is an injury. He was often in Julien's doghouse last season, where he was limited to fourth line minutes. Reich on the other hand, is a gritty forward who has a solid defensive game but doesn't bring much else to the dish. He would probably make it through waivers and could come back up if they need a physical presence. Sobotka is a huge favorite of mine and I feel like he could really develop if he added some size to him. I think he has to be on this team, even if it is fourth line duty. I loved watching him play last season. Nokelainen could benefit if the Bruins were to start him in Providence this season. Give him first line minutes in Providence and see how well he reacts to the challenge. It would develop his overall game and he would probably be the first call up if there is an injury.

That being said, Reich (487,000) waived and sent to Providence, with Nokelainen (850,000) starting the season in Providence. With those moves it would give the Bruins some breathing room, putting them 1.817 million under the cap, which could be used for call-ups throughout the season and/or a move at the deadline.

Here is my starting lineup for the season

Sturm-Savard-Ryder
Lucic-Bergeron-Kessel
Sobotka-Krejci-Kobasew
Axelsson-Yelle-Schaeffer

Chara-Ward
Stuart-Wideman
Ference-Hnidy

extras: Thornton, Alberts

I would really like to see Sobotka play on the third line, but that is unlikely to happen since Julien does stress a defense first mentality, meaning Axelsson will play those minutes instead. Having Axelsson on the third line would help on Krejci's defensive game. Yelle makes a good addition to this team, giving them 3 solid faceoff men ( especially since Savard made huge improvements in his ability to win draws). Schaeffer will probably be a guy who is juggled all over the lineup.

52 Comments:

Anonymous Jimmy50 said...

Totally agree on Sobotka. He can handle the physical play down low on offense to maintain possession and keep it out of our end. Him and Lucic bring a physical presence needed in this "Claude Julien" system.

Just to add on the lines I really believe Kessel deserves to be on Savard's line once he can bury chances because with his talent and speed there were so many scoring chances last season. Also if healthy all season Sturm, Kobasew, and Bergeron has good chemistry together.

Bottom line Claude has some tough calls to make.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

hey everyone! let's wait for "anonymous" to weigh-in with her comments! sooooo insightful!

here's an example:

"i don't agree with so-and-so. i won't provide any basis for my opinion, i will just cast stones and expose my own dicklessness. i also know more about hockey than anyone here. i can't prove it, but i will talk as if i know what i'm saying (and not barfing-up what i read in the herald or what eklund says). also, i refuse to sign my name because my boyfriend (i'm flaming gay) will find out and start porking my dad. i will also insist that crappy players are good, and then pretend i was being sarcastic once i realize that only mongoloids buy p.j. axelsson jerseys. boy, do i feel stupid with this smolinski jersey!"

--love, anonymous

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my boyfriend is not gay, he just dresses nice

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wheeler, Marchand could make this team too. Scheafer, Reich, Axellson are all not near as good as some of are young guns its time to give them a chance plus you could save 4 million bucks on the cap without those 3. Fallse Ontario

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Dub, QC said...

Rumor:
Anonymous' nice-dressing boyfriend is Mook.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

I give that an E5

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noke would make it before Sobs

12:27 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

Schneider is on Waivers
$5.5 mil

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

L.A. would be the only team that could eat that contract without making a trade or dumping players of there own. Fallse Ontario

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would be a perfect fit here but who would we dump or trade to get this guy ( Ward, Scheafer, Axellson ) This would be enough but who would take all there guys. Fallse Ontario

1:55 PM  
OpenID TommyDNEG603 said...

Sobotka is a spare part. He plays hard, but there are certainly other players in Providence that could bring more to the table. Schaeffer will DEFINITLY get a chance to prove his worth, if only because of his contract. They'd much rather not leave dead money on the bench if he can show something. Also, you have him penciled in on the wrong side, and THORNTON IS DEFINITLY YOUR 4TH LINE RIGHT WINGER... why would you NOT have him in the lineup every night? Schaeffer-Krejci-Kobasew, Axelsson-Yelle-Thornton.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous da wreck said...

Scheafer, Reich, Axellson are all not near as good as some of are young guns its time to give them a chance plus you could save 4 million bucks on the cap without those 3.

1- Management would have to find a way to rid themselves of their contracts

2- Wheeler and Marchand would have to have a HUGE camp to even crack the lineup

3- PJ Axelsson isn't as bad as everyone thinks he is. He just shouldn't be playing on a team's first or second line.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous dub, qc said...

Anyone see the hockey news east predictions?

Bruins predicted to finish 10th in the east

thoughts?

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We would have to see how much trade value Schaefer, Axelsson has and what kind of young prospects we could get and worst case put them on the waiver wire and save alot of money. I doubled check the money save and with those 3 off the books its closer to 5 million. Fallse Ontario

5:19 PM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

schaef and axe are going nowhere...get it through your heads...go play nhl 09 if you wanna get rid of them...theyre here til their contracts are up so get over it

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bergie your right on with thisone. i hate to admit it but were stuck with both of them. i really wanted to see axelsson gone 3 years ago. over or under 50 games played this season? i go under.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

under just because hes injury prone every year. we should call him J.D. axelsson.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bergie 37 you are a flaming sack of french shit and you dont know your ass from your elbow anyone can be off this roster if PC wants them gone you stupid fuck this is a new NHL look at Mattieu Schneider. What a insult you are to the real Bergeron

8:00 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

i sign my name to my comments! someone who is satisfied being 'anonymous' shouldn't cast mom-stones when he lives in a glass mom-house. (i don't even know what that means...)

let's stick to the bruins! (ie: fuck off)

i've got gold seats to see the leafs and tampa in toronto...anyone want to trade for some b's tix?

8:46 PM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

haha yeah im so french you prick...grow a pair and make a name for yourself before you start calling me out...one thing you never wanna do in your life is piss off an italian/irish guy...i dare you to say this shit to my face youll be dead before you hit the ground my friend...

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bergie 37 I real care what kind of dog your mom fucked I just wished it wasn't retarded but its too late for that and as far as you beating your meat or beating someone up in wheelchair sounds more realistic. Whoooooooo.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bergie's a a filthy mic and ginny

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow too far

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol thats the shit bergie is one stupid puppy bread fuck lol

7:24 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn mook you just got served

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

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11:05 AM  
Blogger Mook said...

morons. ewe spoke englysh reel goud.
i can tell you ("anonymous") are the same person cheering yourself on...we can see the time of the posts and they are all between 1-2 minutes apart. YOU'RE a pathetic idiot. YOUR brain is small.


Bruins won 8-3! okay doesn't mean much, but great to see bergeron had legs!

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11:09 AM  
Blogger Mook said...

see?

11:10 AM  
Anonymous vince m said...

Wow, grade school got out early today. Those that go un-named, I haven't heard anyone talk like that since junior high. Either grow-up or get out. We are here to discuss a team we all cheer for.

vince m

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

vince m, good for you!!! I am one of the people that sign anonymous, I am from michigan and love hockey. I have played the game for 32 years never went far but did ok! I have been a bruins fan since the late 60's. YES, I am in my early 50's. I sure wish we could stay on the hockey!! there is a great season coming they are close. GO BRUINS!!!

7:37 PM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

so glad matt decided to start taking those little pricks comments off this blog...back to hockey boys...good to see rask got a solid start tonight

9:09 PM  
Anonymous vince m said...

did anyone here see the game tonight? Being here in Winnipeg I very rarely get to see the Bruins. Did Wheeler play tonight? Hope he makes the team. How did the team play?

Thanks,
vince m

9:54 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

i'll stop encouraging it...RASK started?!?!?

10:52 PM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

rask started...38 stops on 40 shots or something like that...offense is still in halifax apparently...anyway i have no idea if wheeler started tonight or played or anything check the b's site for that info vince.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wheeler has only played in the first game and Cluade Julien said he was very impressed with his performance. He has great hands and good legs on him for a big man. Im hoping this kid makes the team from what I have heard he has tremendous up side. Fallse Ontario

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

LOL I have not checked this site in awhile and apparently I missed all kinds of fun...post deleted by admin.... post deleted by author....good to know the admin is reading something

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to know he reads it now if he could only keep it updated that would be the next step its almost 3 games into the pre season and still nothing HELLO ANYONE THEIR HELLO HELLO WHAT A BUNCH OF BS.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your site is a joke and a disgrace to the bruins, post something, by the way your lines never make any sense, you can tell you've never played hockey before.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous bergie37 said...

i love the anonymous losers who have no guts to make a name for themselves. id love to see you guys try to run a site it would just be insulting everyone all the time...let the personal attacks commence

10:37 AM  
Blogger Mook said...

good game against detroit. thomas still finding his legs!

"this site sucks, yet i continue to read and post"

you're right. let's shut it down.

--sarcasm alert--

10:38 AM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

Wow, I leave town for a week and I miss all the action. Sure looks like you all have been having fun without me.

Aside from all the entertainment I have found here, there have been some interesting points about the Bruins and players.

I suppose we should do a better job of finding a checking line LW who skates against the top lines, that scores at least 25 goals a season, and still starts the PK. Not sure how the hell we'll fine one...but you all seem to have something better in mind.

While were at it, we should find a goalie that is more proficient at winning face-offs, and we should have a defensemen with a better glove hand.

Furthermore, it is absoulutely insane that our coach did not suit up for more shootouts, that Cam Neely didnt score 93 goals last season, and that Jeremy Jacobs had less than 100 assists.

Damnit PJ, your PK skills, your ability to shutdown top lines, your defensive end excellence and awareness, all WORTHLESS.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from michigan, Do any of you know hockey or are you all sofa coaches?????

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

I'm more of a recliner coach

2:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who fucken cares if you post as anonymous its not like by posting your name people will know you anyways, yea you really have balls putting bergie37 now everyone knows you, your the fucken man dude and yea this site sucks, hubhockey.com much better.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know stop trying to give people who post as anonymous shit. Just cuz you put fucken bergie37 dosent make you tough. Non of you are posting your names and as for me I dont spend enough time on a computer to feel the need to make a blogger I.D. Get a fucken life you fuckin pussy's. And yes i'm talking to you bergie and mook. You fucken filthy Mic, ginny.

lol

8:51 PM  

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