There are lots of rumors going around right now, and it should be an interesting week. We should start to see some deals start Tuesday or Wednesday and up until July 1st.
The Bruins are reportedly in the mix for Nathan Horton and are looking to acquire another top 5 pick, possibly the #3 from Florida in a package deal. They are also looking to move Tim Thomas and have been shopping him around. The Bruins also made a few QO’s to some RFAs. Let’s take a look at what has happened and what could happen.
Shawn Thornton: The Bruins re-signed their enforcer to a 2 year extension worth 812,500 annually. About a 300,000 raise from his 517,000 cap hit last year. Thornton is one of the better enforcers in the league, and a great locker room guy. He has some skill unlike the Colton Orr and George Laraque’s of the world. His cap hit is a few hundred thousand less than what most enforcers are making, like Orr and Laraque. Thornton will likely continue his role on the 4th line and sometimes be a healthy scratch to a guy like Brad Marchand. Considering this is less than 1/58 of the cap, this is a solid signing. Remember, someone will need to protect Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin.
Dennis Seidenberg: One of the nice things about the past two deadline acquisitions (Mark Recchi, Seidenberg), is that Peter Chiarelli has been able to re-sign them, meaning what he gave up for them is not as high as if they left. Seidenberg signed a 4 year deal worth 3.25 million per season. Most thought he could command around 3.5-4 million on the open market, so the value was great. He played great with Chara and led the league in blocked shots, which we missed sorely after the departure of Aaron Ward.
QOs: The Bruins tendered qualifying offers to Mark Stuart, Blake Wheeler and Vladimir Sobotka. They could still sign long term deals, but the Bruins are now able to match offersheets if they are signed. Interestingly, Daniel Paille, the only other Bruin who played in the NHL all season, did not. The Bruins are probably not interested in giving him 1.3 million or so when they are so close to the cap. They might try and re-sign him closer to 1-1.1 million. He is a great penalty killer and a young PJ Axelsson, but they need as much cap space as they can get.
Now on to the rumors…
There are reports that Mark Recchi will be re-signed to a 1 year deal around 1 million dollars. He would be a great mentor to either Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall. Plus he could score around 20 goals, a bargain price.
NESN.com reported the Bruins were on the verge of acquiring Nathan Horton, but nothing materialized yet. There was a rumor Marc Savard could be part of a package for Horton and the #3 pick. I don’t see Savard getting moved, but I could be wrong. Horton would be a great addition. I’m sure Ryder and the #15 pick would be the center piece, maybe with a guy like Matt Hunwick also be shipped out to make room for a Johnny Boychuk re-signing.
Johnny Boychuk‘s agent said negotiations were going well. Nothing is imminent, but I’m confident something will get done. Some things need to happen prior though.
Tim Thomas has been shopped around the league, and he is willing to waive his NTC in the right situation. The B’s like Thomas, but that cap hit is too high when they are so confident in Tuukka Rask.
It’ll be an interesting week. Stay tuned.