According to the Boston Globe, the Bruins have had talks regarding 39 year old winger Teemu Selanne. Selanne would be that goal scorer this team desperately lacks. However, the price tag for a rental player may be steep, and may need to include Mark Stuart and a high draft pick.
If the Bruins could land Selanne for Stuart and a 2nd round pick, I do it in a heart beat. Mark Stuart is a solid young defenseman but is he really a top 4 defensemen? That’s the question. I honestly do not feel he is. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, he’ll be due a raise from his 1.5 million dollar salary this past season. So are the Bruins going to pay Stuart 2 million (or more) a season to be a 5th or 6th defenseman averaging around 15 minutes a night? I certainly hope not. In this system and current breakdown of next season’s roster, Stuart’s cap hit will simply not fit in with this team (a la Chuck Kobasew this season). Throwing a young stay at home defenseman (Adam McQuaid) or a veteran free agent (Jay McKee signed with Pittsburgh this season for only 800K) is certainly the way to go when it comes to bottom pairing defensemen. Then use that money saved to upgrade at forward or in your top 2 defensive pairings. Although he’s one of my favorite players on this team, it is time to sell high on Stuart.
2009-2010 – 39 games played: 18 goals, 11 assists.
At that pace Selanne would have 39.89 goals over an 82 game schedule.
2008-2009 – 65 games played : 27 goals 27 assists.