What should happen with Wheeler?

 Blake Wheeler’s arbitration date is set for Tuesday July 27th, 2010.  During his tenure as the Bruins General Manager, Peter Chiarelli has only had one restricted free agent make it to arbitration. That player was David Tanabe, and Chiarelli walked away from the arbitrators awarded salary.

Some recent signings around the NHL could affect how Blake Wheeler and his agent feel Wheeler should be compensated for next season. No this has nothing to do with Ilya Kovalchuk (sorry guys) but rather David Perron and Clarke McArthur. Here is a breakdown of their numbers for the past two seasons and the contracts they signed/were awarded:

David Perron – 2 year deal $2.15 million cap hit

2009-2010 20 goals, 27 assists, -10

2008-2009 15 goals, 35 assists +13

Clarke MacArthur – Awarded one year $2.4 million

2009-2010 16 goals, 19 assists, -16

2008-2009 17 goals, 14 assists -4

Blake Wheeler – Restricted free agent with arbitration rights

2009-2010 18 goals, 20 assists, -4

2008-2009 21 goals, 24 assists, +36

It appears the Bruins like Wheeler and feel he has great potential. However, he is terribly inconsistent, constantly going offsides, and not too fond of using his big frame. Translation: His “compete level” is not always there. However, Wheeler does bring a two way game, is an above average penalty killer, and has good speed for his size.

Now the question lies, what should the Bruins do with Blake Wheeler? He has very similar numbers to both MacArthur and Perron, so expect Wheeler to be looking for at least $2.5 million. Should the Bruins try and negotiate a deal with Wheeler if he is looking in that salary range? Or should they make an arbitrator award Wheeler a salary, giving them the option of walking away from the potential outcome?

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118 Responses to What should happen with Wheeler?

  1. willisss says:

    hahaa excellent work with the 17 year option

  2. ELWOPPO says:

    I think he’s worth 2 mill! Put sturm on injured reserve, sign Wheel’s and Seguin! And we should still have 1 mill and change left over! Than when Sturm comes back in late November, U trade someone like Ryder, Ference, Thomas ect!

  3. Bruins1 says:

    Bottom line: The kids has talent and he is still very young. First 2 seasons he has almost averaged 20 per. 2.5 is about right. Hell we paided Ryder 4 for less goals and Sturm for always being injured. The way I look at it also is if we paid Ference 2.3. Who would u rather have ? Wheeler or Ference? The answer is easy!! Sign Big Wheels for 4 years at around 10 million. I think he will be a big time player for the Bruins future.

  4. Bruins1 says:

    Still want Savard and Hamill to LA for Jack Johnson and picks.
    Our team would be SWEEEETTTTTT!!!!

  5. willisss says:

    hamill is a buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust

  6. Brendan says:

    I really don’t care where he ends up. At his size, he should destroy people, but he scares away easy. Not saying he’s bad because he had been productive, but I would love to see go after the body and play a little more consistent. There is a lot of potential in this kid and it shouldn’t go to waste.

  7. DBruins says:

    Rather have Wheeler at 2.5 mil than Ryder at 4 mil. So sign Wheeler for 2-3 years @ 2-3 mil and send Ryder to the minors because no one wants him.

  8. Whopperfoo says:

    I’d like to see him go, ya he’s got some good points and has potential, but his attitude and lack of wanting to use his size pisses me off. I’d rather use that money to go get someone who will hit and grind and score about the same goals. Replace wheels with seguin.

    I used to live in the north end and would see him (and other bruins) in the starbucks there. Wheeler seems to be a pimple faced little brat punk, but man…his girlfriend is a absolute 10, what a smokeshow she was.

    Bottomline, if someone’s “compete-level” is ever in question, it’s a bad situation. Let him walk.

    • pearson says:

      im sure you know all about his attitude. and that hes a brat. i mean hell, you saw HIM! and his PIMPLES! at a STARBUCKS! what a PUNK, really. after 2 years on a team that disappointed hard both times, his “compete-level” is just not where it should be.

      legitimately, hes the only one that had a bad year last year and showed little to no emotion. let him walk away. id rather have ryder at twice the price.

      ??? really ???

  9. Vince Mendella says:

    Any word on what is happening with the negotiations regarding re-signing Chara and Bergy?

    As for Wheeler, he does have potential. I for one would like to see him stay and Ryder go. Demote Ryder to the A and that might help our cap situation for a bit.

  10. Mat Allen says:

    sign wheels to a 2 or 3 year deal at no more than 1.98 million per and spice it up with some bonuses, that way it is performance based.

    • pearson says:

      i disagree. no more than 1.932 million per season.

      ???

      anyways. wheelz is 2 years into his career. give him time. we knew what a sophmore slump was before we got him, so why can we be all that suprised. his numbers look like perron’s, so it does seem that these young players are only getting acclimated to the league.

      hes gonna be big after 2 more years so lets be patient

  11. ELWOPPO says:

    Im still seeing Savards name in trade rumours! Apparantly, The Islanders and flames are the front runners? I sure as hell hope not!

  12. #4 says:

    I said sign him to a 17 year deal

    Give him 10mil first 2 years and .5 for the next 15 for a “cap friendly” contract to keep bigwheels

  13. willisss says:

    we need shane hnidy

    • WARDOFTHERINGS says:

      he was awful!

      • bigkniht37 says:

        he was better than andrew ‘groin of glass’ ference or ennis wieman (notice the lack of D) the real problem with this team starts at the head in julien playing a soft style of hockey, we saw how his style doesnt work two years in a row now, i have a feeling with neely at the helm julien is gonna be on the hot seat early this season if it doesnt go well

      • willisss says:

        i was joking, but there is no way hnidy was awful. i was a fan when he was a bruin

      • WARDOFTHERINGS says:

        not even close to being as good as ferrence.

      • willisss says:

        i sorta disagree

      • bigkniht37 says:

        when ference is healthy, he is a solid 5-6 dman, but he is RARELY healthy so hnidy takes the cake for that reason. and for 750k a year vs. 2.25mil i would take sheriff shane over captain planet any day

    • Jefe77 says:

      Sheriff was a good tough defender, he asked too much $$, but Im sure all the Ference critics have something to say about that.

      Keep Wheels, accept his hearing award and let him show us something next season. Cant give up on a young guy with that much size and good hands. If he does level out and gains consistency that would be nice to have around.

  14. Whopperfoo says:

    The easiest thing for “bigwheels” to do is to actually play big, but I don’t see that happening. Wasn’t he kessel’s linemate in college? Might explain alot.

  15. Andy says:

    The problem with potential is how long do you wait for a guy to fulfill it? The 1st yr he ran out of gas. Ok, so what happens in the 2nd yr. Same thing. Just too inconsistent and doesn’t play with that passion night in and night out.

    However, the fact remains is that we need guys who can put the red light on for us. I don’t think we could just let him walk away and expect someone like Marchand or Paille to fill that 18-20 goals.

    So, I would suggest a 1 yr deal at 2.2-2.5 mil. Then you just have to hope that him knowing he’s playing for his next contract lights a fire. If it doesn’t, then he’s a UFA next year and we don’t have to worry about bringing him back.

  16. moast says:

    Andy hit the nail on the head.
    I dont want Wheeler to go…..just play like he should for the money he is getting! He is a 1st Rounder, has good hands, is young and has size for days…..can’t let that go until we are positive that he doesn’t deserve Kessel”ish” money.

  17. Richardo says:

    Inconsistent? Everyone on the team was inconsistant last season. We had 1 guy hit the 20 goal mark. Only 2 hit 50 points. If the Bruins “as a team” had put up similar numbers as the 08-09 season, Im sure Wheeler would’ve been in the upper 20’s; maybe even 30. Wheelers not the player to look up to when the WHOLE team is struggling to score. Players like Sturm or Ryder should be that guy but we all know where that has taken us.

    Bring em Back for 2yrs 4.5 (2.25 per). Hope he blows up this year along with the rest of the team!

    Just saying!!

    • willisss says:

      cant argue that post

    • Andy says:

      I see what you’re saying, Ricardo, and as I said, if we didn’t have cap issues, 2.5 mil wouldn’t be bad for a guy who can put up 18-22 goals as a 3rd line winger.

      You have to admit, similar to Sturm & Ryder, that he completely disappeared in a LOT of games last year. I just think you only give him a 1 yr deal and make him prove himself. Last year, he knew he would be an RFA and would most likely come back. If after the 1 yr deal he doesn’t prove himself again, not only does he run the risk of the B’s not signing him, but also hurts his value on the open market.

      As I said, I think a one year deal is perhaps the fire he needs lit under his ass. Let’s hope that’s what happens. If not, then that’s another 2.5 mil that comes off the books in order to either give the kids a chance or sign a guy that doesn’t have a penchant for disappearing…

  18. Bruins says:

    Honestly I don’t care what happens with him. I could care less about him.

    • Pearson says:

      Honestly though, whos gonna replace him?

      • Bruins says:

        I actually see Colborne as a better version of Wheeler right now. I don’t want to see Colborne up yet though so maybe Caron and/or Sauve should get looks. Most of Wheeler’s value is because of Krejci’s effect on him anyways.

  19. Gcole says:

    i think the real question is, what CAN the bruins do to keep him AND seguin?

    • Whopperfoo says:

      Trade ryder or send him to the minors. Perhaps sturm will retire?

      • Bruins says:

        Do you think Jacobs would ok that though? I think trading him to the Islanders might be a possibility to get them to the cap floor though.

    • Andy says:

      I don’t think it’s an issue with Sturm on the LTIR until Nov (so it doesn’t count towards the cap). We can probably sign Seguin for about 3 and Wheeler for 2.5. Worst case, they can send Ryder down to the minors (I don’t think anyone is looking to trade for Ryder at this point. If anything, he could be included in a package for a better player – Savvy?, but as you all know, I don’t want to see him go)

      • Andy says:

        There’s also the 2nd buyout window that opens up b/c Wheeler is going to arb, although I would think that is a last resort..

  20. Pete says:

    Trade him for Perron.

  21. EricD says:

    I would be more worried about signing Seguin first of all… however they want to take care of wheeler. I would sign hom for a cheap 1 year deal, like Stuart took. You give him that offer and say to him if he performs to our standards and reaches some goals set by managment, then offer an extension. If he doesnt accept that and goes through arbitration, then it goes through the whole hearing and what not, so he’ll either walk or get his money. If he walks, there are plenty of guys in the AHL that can come up and fill his shoes. Caron, Colbourne, Suave, Hamill (eventhough he is looking more and more like a bust, but i still would give him a shot he has a lot of talent wasnt he 8th overall or something like that?)

    If he signs then we have him and move on to signing Seguin for 3 yrs at 900K entry level deal. Then you worry about trading RYDER.. they are no longer going to move Savard, or Thomas this offseason (unless they get exactly what they want) I see Thomas and Rask splitting time (more time for Rask) just for Thomas’ stock to rise and then if he does well you can trade him at the deadline to a team in aplayoff spot but looking for a solid Goalie. With Savy, i hate to see him go, he plays with such passion for the bruins… his OT goal first game back HIS expression after the goal says it all… he loves it here… i just dont know what happens behind closed doors… this is what i would like to see next season to start…

    Lucic-Savard-Horton
    Wheeler-Krecji-Seguin
    Recchi-Bergeron-Caron/Colbourn
    Thortnon-Cambell-Paille

    Chara-Boychuk
    Seidenburg-Stuart
    Ferrence-Hunwick

    Rask/Thomas

    The only issue is the Abundance of Centers.. i really wouldnt even mind if they move Bergeron to wing, after his faceoffs

    • ccm says:

      I like everything about that post Eric, seems like the ideal scenario, and is what I’d like to see.

    • Bruins says:

      Yep that’s my exact ideal situation too. The only change I’d make is switch Seidenberg and Boychuk.

      • Richardo says:

        I actually like the Chara/ Boychuk pair and Seidenberg with his own pair… Ya cant go wrong either way though.

  22. #4 says:

    Where is ryder?

    Aside from that I like that combination

    • ccm says:

      Hopefully he had Ryder demoted haha. And the only thing that scares me is the Hunwick/Ference combination. If Hunwick can return to his 2008-2009 form then I think they’ll be fine, but man Ference just sucks.

  23. EricD says:

    Ya i was inferring Ryder gone to make room for Seguin either down in Prov. or traded away for a bag of pucks, either way hopefully gone. I dont like the Hunwick/Ferrence either but i didnt want to put Stuart/Boychuk/ Seidenburg with either of them (Ferrence or Hunwick) cuz then they will just will suck too

  24. jmed says:

    I still don’t know how PC justified that contract, definitely a blemish on his career.

  25. Seguin>Hall says:

    Here is what is going to happen. Seguin will sign and play wing. The Bruins will also sign Wheeler… and that will be it. By the time Sturm comes back, someone will be injured (This is the NHL not the WNBA) and the salaries will balance.

    Horton-Savy-Luc
    Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder (our best line 2 yrs ago)
    Seguin-Bergeron-Recci
    Paille-Campbell-Thornton

    Chara-Seidenberg
    Stuart-Boychuck
    Hunwick-Ference

    Rask-Thomas

    This in my opinion is a Stanley Cup contending team just as it is… AS LONG AS WE STAY HEALTHY

  26. Baltimore Bruins says:

    FYI…I think Atlanta rejected MacArthurs arbitration award.

  27. Bruins says:

    Do people like Seguin with Bergeron and Recchi more, or with Krejci and (possibly) Wheeler? I think his style of play is perfect to play with Krejci but bringing a guy up with Bergy and Rex seems like the right thing to do.

  28. ELWOPPO says:

    I just heard “Expect Savard to be traded after the Kovalchuck soap opera ends!!! I sure as hell hope not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. mook says:

    ESPN.COM: James Murphy reports the Boston Bruins and Blake Wheeler have reached an impasse in contract negotiations and are expected to go to arbitration on Tuesday. Murphy says the Bruins can either accept the award, accept and then buy out another players contract within 48 hours or walk away from the award making Wheeler an unrestricted free agent. They could also trade Wheeler but that’s not expected to happen.

    SPECTOR’S NOTE: If I were a betting man I’d say they accept the arbiter’s award and buy out the final season of Michael Ryder’s $4 million contract, which would free up over $2.66 million of cap space.

  30. Bruins1 says:

    Rumors last was Boston trades Savard to Buffalo for Prospect Zak Kassian and Drew Stafford.

    But i wnated to mention this trade possibility.
    To Ottawa: Savard, Thomas and pick
    To Boston: Spezza and Leclaire
    Boston would save 1 million and Savard goes to the team he wanted. I take Spezza over him anyday

  31. Mook says:

    i love how everyone is on the “trade savard” bandwagon…

  32. Vince Mendella says:

    You cannot trade away a 80-90 point player and keep a slug (sorry Ryder). Ryder on this team is dead weight and should either be demoted or bought out. But the fact remains:

    Do not trade Savard!!!!

  33. Dolo says:

    I don’t think that trading savard would make the bruins a better team. There are definitely issues about all of our centers getting ice time, and cap issues and all that. But overall, removing a guy with the skill set of Savard is a downgrade for a team already struggling to score points.
    The cap issue can be resolved by getting rid of dead weight like ryder. Not someone that actually produces.

  34. #4 says:

    Matt Moulson has avoided salary arbitration with the New York Islanders, as the club signed the restricted free agent forward to a one-year, $2.45 million contract on Tuesday. Moulson, 26, scored 30 goals and 48 points in 82 games with the Islanders last season.

    30g 2.45 mil, wheeler better not get more!

  35. bruins4eva says:

    as per NESN’s james murphy wheelers agent says the meeting went well and will know in the next 48 hours

  36. DBruins says:

    Report: B’s interested in Guerin
    By: Jerry Spar @ WEEI
    Print
    According to a tweet from St. Louis NHL blogger Andy Strickland, the Bruins are talking to veteran forward Bill Guerin. The tweet notes that the Penguins are interested as well. Guerin played the last season and a half in Pittsburgh. The 39-year-old Massachusetts native played for the Bruins in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

  37. ccm says:

    A guy with that kind of size, his shot, and his experience, I’ll take anyday, seeing he comes with a reasonable price tag. Having veterans is more impartant now than ever with so much young talent and the ability to make a run at a cup, it will really come in handy. Not to mention he still put up 45 points last year and the leader of the B’s was Bergy with just 52. All in all I can’t say i’d hate this signing.

  38. #4 says:

    Guerin, Thomas, Rexstah

    Nice can we get an AARP meeting up in this biatch?

  39. pearson says:

    if the rumor about guerin is true, does that mean the the bruins are not worrying about wheeler?

    i dont think we need another vet. one good solid vet in rex is good enough right?

  40. Patrick says:

    First time post boys, but I read everyday …

    Heres why we need to trade Savard, (even though i dont want to because he’s done alot for this city and for this team), because we simply cannot think about getting rid of bergy, krecji, or seguin. All three are untouchable and yeah seguin can play wing but he is a centermen, all three are best fit at that position. If we do make a trade anit involves upgrading our defense and a top 6 winger ill be all for it because it is infact allowing our team to be better and allow our young crop of centers grow.

    Someones gotta go, and it unfortunatly is my boy savvy

    • bruins4eva says:

      soooo you would rather trade away one of the best premier playmakers in the nhl…instead of maybe trading ryder or buying him out or instead trading thomas??

      • willisss says:

        you make it sound simple saying just trade ryder…dude who wants him? who wants timmys contract? nooooone. buying out costs money.

        however im with you on savy. if there is a bruin fan out there that would trade cap friendly savy, not to mention a weak trade, im willing to belive that the same bruin fan 6 months ago would want to kick his own ass.

        tim thomas however?….weak trade, strong trade, any trade, if any other team wants him, take him. Im just not a tim thomas guy, never will be.

  41. pat says:

    changed my name to just pat so you guys didnt think that patrick was me 🙂

  42. Andy says:

    Just had a thought. I know we all know about Colborne, Caron, Suave, Marchand, etc. but what about the long-forgotten Carl Soderberg?

    The guy we got in the Toivenen trade what seems like ages ago is, by all accounts, coming state-side this year, although the prevailing thought is to Providence.

    Has anyone heard anything about him lately? Bruins, you’re usually good on that type of thing. I wonder what kind of impact he could have if he impresses in Prov? I’m really interested to see what this kid can bring to the table…

    • willisss says:

      the last i was hearing was that he agreed to come to the nhl….hes such a bitch

    • Bruins says:

      I was excited about Soderberg possibly coming over this season but that looks unlikely now. If he comes over I think he’d be on the team pretty soon after getting acclimated to the NA game in Providence. He’s got too much talent to keep down there, especially with Wheeler not guarunteed to be back (Soderberg is basically a better version of Wheeler) and Ryder probably being demoted.

      • Andy says:

        Where did you hear it was unlikely? Last I heard, alebit this was a few months ago, he had agreeed to come over…

  43. ELWOPPO says:

    Hey Our buddy Eklund is at it again……

    On Kaberle…

    I am told the Bruins are once again in this big time today and a deal for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart could be a starting point. Watching this very closely

  44. Mook says:

    stop reading eklund. read this instead…
    http://hockeybuzzhogwash.com/

    • willisss says:

      like it

    • Andy says:

      So he’s NOT Pelle Eklund who used to play for Philly, eh? I should’ve figured that out, since if he was actually “Eklund”, why would he use his real name?

      I do love how the Flyers, with no cap space, are rumored to be getting EVERYONE. What a douchebag! You see that pic on that website of him?

      One word – pedophile!!

  45. mook says:

    eklund makes money with the number of hits he gets on his site (he sells ad space). i have stopped visiting over a year ago…we should all do likewise.

    now…

    who has pats tickets! i’m visiting boston, need pats/colts on nov 21. i know this is a hard game to get…

    celtics on friday
    bruins on saturday (vs kings)
    pats on sunday (vs colts)

    every night will feature beers and cougars. i also need bar suggestions and food suggestions (something that is uniquely boston).

    i know this is not hockey related, but it’s JULY for fack sakes!

    • willisss says:

      i cant help with pats tickets however a few places to keep in mind for food/drinks:

      for the garden, go to sullivan’s tap. anyone here from the area who has been to a bruins game has gone to sullys. ( i’ve tried alcohol a few times myself there, shocker i know)

      depending on how long your stay in boston is, i STRONGLY suggest bukowski’s. its a hole in the wall joint on copley, its attatched to a parking garage that overlooks the pike..peanut butter burger. sounds horrible? thats what i thought. its amazing, i eat them FOR DAYS. now keep in mind, hole in the wall does not mean its a dive. this place ruuuules, (i passed out in the bathroom back in ’07) sullys and buchs are very unique places respectively.

      as far as pats games, patriot place has you covered. foxboro is out in the sticks and there isnt anything else out there.

      if you go to

      • mook says:

        thanks! i think i saw bukowskis on a tv show once (diners and dives).

        great…the trip is beginning to take form…

      • #4 says:

        Dont call where I live the Sticks!

        I say got to Waxy O’Flannagins if you are going to be Cougar hunting in Foxboro cant fail at that place man its like milf central.

        At Pat’s place id say Bar Loui rooftop scene is good for milf smashing along with the CBS bar(but you’ll find alot of arrogant rich douche bags there)

        Last time I was at CBS Some mofo drinking a Martini actually started shit with me because I made them change the Yankee’s game to the Bruins!

        Me and my boys took care of his misconception shortly before being asked to leave.

  46. Richardo says:

    Just saw the Ducks signing of Fowler… question though, where do their prospects play since they dont have an AHL affiliate?

  47. Mook says:

    when do single game tickets go on sale? bruins and celtics?

  48. DBRuins says:

    when the hell is this arbitrator gonna make his decision, its over 48 hours now. I am just eager to know how much.

  49. Eric D says:

    I’m hearing Wheeler and Stuart could be gone.. and Kaberle could be coming in… i like getting rid of wheeler for kaberle.. but im a big stuart fan.. it would be sad to see him leave.. especially for an older, much softer, but better puck moving defensman.. it will be interesting to see what happens.. but in Chia i trust

  50. Eric D says:

    you can disregard that one if you want cuz i just saw ekulund also says that.. so its prob wrong.. but its also on the radio…

  51. Andy says:

    Jimmy Murphy, 5 min ago, tweeted :

    Bruins source just told me “nothing” yet regarding Blake Wheeler’s arbitration award. Weird.

  52. G-Rant says:

    That is weird. 48 hours should mean 48 hours. Not 50. Or 53 or whatever. Just want to know!

  53. EricD says:

    … tim kennedy awarded 1 mill.. wheeler is next…

  54. Mook says:

    where are you guys “hearing” this? post a link…

  55. Andy says:

    James Mirtle (TOR Globe & Mail) @mirtle on Twitter :

    I’m told Sabres forward Tim Kennedy was awarded $1-million in arbitration, a raise from the $635,000 he made last season.

  56. bruins4eva says:

    according to Nesn’s james murphy wheelers arbitration is being delayed…cuz of niemi…who has the same arbitrator

  57. ELWOPPO says:

    just read this on Nesn:

    Don’t anoint the Capitals or Penguins as next year’s Eastern Conference champions just yet.

    According to The Sports Dossier blog, the Bruins have a great shot to get back to the Stanley Cup finals.

    Svyato Rovenchuk writes that a blend of great goaltending, an explosive offense and potential for another trade or two can propel the Bruins through the playoffs.

    Young and talented Tuukka Rask should only improve between the pipes, and Tim Thomas provides a seasoned backup and great trade bait.

    Though thin on defense behind Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, Rovenchuk writes “there is still plenty of time for Boston to fill the void of another top three defenseman on [its] team. Plenty of trading options, too. Thomas or [Marc] Savard would be more than fair [in a] trade for a top three defenseman.”

    Savard becomes expendable, Rovenchuk believes, because of No. 2 overall pick Tyler Seguin. The addition of Nathan Horton to mainstays Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci doesn’t hurt, either.

    Though it may be early to start predicting Stanley Cup champions, one writer is making the claim that the Bruins should not be overlooked.

  58. moast says:

    Haggs:
    Working to confirm this RT @MurphysLaw74 Source just told me $2.4 million for Wheeler but trying to confirm with others now. Stay tuned…

    Not too bad…..kep em for one year?

  59. Orr4ever says:

    I guess it’s now decision time for Chia. As much as I was disappointed in Wheels last year compared to the year before, I would not like to see him walk. He is young & talented and with the proper direction I believe he can turn it around. A 1 year contract, to prove his worth, is warranted.

    Ryder is the obvious choice for PC; however I don’t think the buyout approach would solve the B’s cap problem – it would only be a temporary measure and the B’s would have to absorb a cap hit next year for Ryder as well. The demotion to Providence is an option, but I personally think that that is the wrong approach for any organization – I would rather trade him (if at all possible)for picks and/or prospects. I hear the Islanders, among others, need to get to the cap floor so that may be PC’s solution.

    The B’s cap problem does not become a problem until Sturm comes back. Perhaps Chia chooses to go that route and will spend the interim evaluating and make a decision at that time.

  60. Andy says:

    It is a problem before Sturm comes back, because they only had $12k in cap space BEFORE signing Wheeler AND Seguin. Even with 3.5 mil in cap space from Sturm, that won’t be enough to sign both of them.

    Ryder is the best option. I don’t think there’s one person on this board that wouldn’t LOVE to see them trade him. The problem is there are no takers and any GM knows that the B’s are desperate to clear space (like CHI) and so they will use that to their advantage to say “OK, we’ll take Ryder, but you have to throw in, say, Colborne”.

    As much as you don’t want to, it’s either the minors, or waive him (hope someone claims him) and if not, then you can re-call him off re-entry waivers and if someone claims him then, you only have to pay 1/2 the salary ($2 mil). THAT would get us just underneath the ceiling (provided Seguin signs for around $3 mil).

    Even at that point, though, you’d have to clear some more when Sturm comes back.

    It looks like if we move Ryder, we’d probably have to give up a solid prospect as well, or he goes down to the minors for the entire year…

  61. mook says:

    seguin won’t cost us anywhere near 3mil…rookie maximums!

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