Reports out of Canada are that Matthew Schneider is close to inking a one year, $1.5 million dollar contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Would the Bruins have been smarter to simply sign Schneider at $1.5 instead of Morris at $3.3 and keep the rest of the money to resign Kessel or possibly keep Aaron Ward? Since the lockout, Schneider has averaged 70 games played per season, and even played in 67 games last season despite being injured for the majority of it. Schneider turned 40 years old this summer and is obviously on the back nine, but does provide the puckmoving abilities the Bruins were seeking. Morris, who is expected to be on one of the two powerplay units, is more of a gritty defenseman and more reliable in his own end. Here is a breakdown of their numbers for the past three seasons:
2006-2007: 11 goals, 41 assists, +22 in 68 games played, 2007-2008: 12 goals, 27 assists, +22 in 65 games played, 2008-2009: 9 goals, 23 assists, -12 in 67 games played
2006-2007: 6 goals, 21 assists, -18, in 82 games played 2007-2008: 8 goals, 17 assists, +8 in 82 games played 2008-2009: 5 goals, 15 assists, -10 in 75 games played
Since both played are on one year deals which player would be more valuable? With Morris, the Bruins still need to shed salary to resign Phil Kessel in addition to already having traded away Aaron Ward. With Schneider, the Bruins could have possibly kept Ward and had Schneider slot in on a third pairing with Stuart and then man the top powerplay unit. The Bruins would still have needed to shed salary to resign Kessel. Or the Bruins could still have traded Ward and used that $1.8 million plus the $1,304,167 they currently have in cap space and tried to get Kessel to sign for around $3 million.