If you were Peter Chiarelli, what would you do to change ship. Give me your plan for the rest of the season and offseason. I’ll start off with mine. Flame away! Assume the Toronto pick is either 1-5 slot.
Trade Michael Ryder to the Florida Panthers for a 2010 2nd round draft pick. Essentially a pure salary dump. This would add to the B’s insane amount of low picks. The Panthers could use another scorer to compliment their young forwards in Horton, Weiss, Frolik, Booth and Olesz. The Cory Stillman experiment hasn’t worked out as planned for them and he could replace him.
Trade Matt Hunwick, Mikko Lehtonen and a 2011 3rd round pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for Kyle Turris. I would really like the B’s to take a chance on the former 3rd overall pick. He oozes talent, but is on the hockey wasteland known as Phoenix. Hunwick has not lived up to his cap hit and is sort of a throw in for salary reasons. Phoenix has been shopping some of their young unproducing talent.
Draft Tyler Seguin 2nd overall. Doubt the B’s will get 1st to land Taylor Hall, but I like Seguin because he is more of a pure goal scorer. He has great talent and easily could be in the starting lineup come 2011. He is the franchise guy the B’s need on offense.
Draft Kirill Kabanov 9th overall. Assuming the B’s don’t turn it around, I would love to see them take a chance on the Russian. He has a tone of skill and could be another elite goal scorer. It may take him a year or two to make it to the NHL, but Russians have produced a tone of scorers (Bure, Kovalchuk, Ovechkin to name a few).
Re-sign Daniel Paille to a 2 year, 2.2 million dollar deal. I really like what I’ve seen from Paille. He has been a great penalty killer, has a lot of speed and gives a tone of effort. Not really suited for a scoring role, he is a young PJ Axelsson with more talent.
Re-sign Blake Wheeler to a 2 year, 4 million dollar deal. Kind of like the Brad Boyes contract a few years ago. He isn’t worth more than 2.5, although his game is vastly improving. A long term deal could be better for the Bruins, but it would cost them cap wise. This team could workout for both of them.
Re-sign Vlad Sobotka to a 2 year, 1.6 million dollar deal. Great 4th line center who has produced better than Steve Begin. It’s finally his turn to stay up with the big club.
Re-sign Johnny Boychuk to a 1 year, 800k deal. Won’t make a lot since he hasn’t been in the NHL for a full year. Would love to see what he can do for a full season. Has a great shot has looked a lot better than Andrew Ference this year.
Re-sign Derek Morris to a 3 year, 9.3 million dollar deal. Really like what I’ve seen from Morris. He has been good in his own zone and good offensively. Morris has been one of the most consistent defenseman on the B’s all year. He also has produced well on the PP.
Re-sign Mark Stuart to a 3 year, 6.3 million dollar deal. Has been a stay at home guy for the B’s and been a work horse over the past few seasons. Really turning into a good defenseman and should help anchor the blueline for years to come.
Sign Ilya Kovalchuk to a 15 year, 109.75 million dollar deal. Break it down to a 10 year, 100 million dollars which is what he wants, plus a 5 year, 9.75 million dollar deal when he is 36-41. He will likely retire before he finishes the deal anyways. Bruins add an elite goal scorer for years to come and with Seguin, could have the best scoring duo in the league one day.
Sign Jordan Leopold to a 1 year, 1.1 million dollar deal. I like his game and for a one year deal would be a good move. Has experience and is a good player.
Lucic (4.083)-Savard (4.008)-Kovalchuk (7.312)
Sturm (3.5)-Bergeron (4.75)-Seguin (.850)
Wheeler (2)-Krejci (3.75) -Hamill/Turris (.850)
Paille (1.1)-Sobotka (.8)-Bitz (.69)
Chara (7.5)-Morris (3.1)
Wideman (3.75)-Stuart (2.1)
Boychuk (.8)- Leopold (1.1)
Total Cap hit including Buy-outs is 55.242 million dollars. Close to cap, but what a nasty lineup.
Edit: My math is completely wrong it’s actually around 59 million total cap hit. So either Sturm, Wideman or Krejci would need to be moved in order to sign Kovy.