The unprecedented frenzy that kicked off the recent free agency period has seemingly fizzled into a vat of simmering rumors and speculation. As the smoke clears, the Bruins team is much in tact and very little has changed aside the obvious departures of Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle. It’s a reasonable expectation that Joe Corvo, who the Bruins acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 4th round pick, will step in and play solid minutes. Still, the departure of Michael Ryder leaves a hole up front, and it remains to be seen if the signing of Benoit Pouliot was a mere depth move.
With as many talented prospects signed down in Providence, there’s really no rush to anoint any one player, even Pouliot, as the heir apparent. A team returning as many skaters as this one has, will likely require very little tinkering, so they’ll let the young guys duke it out for the spot.
With any position battle in any sports, the media likes to hype a few guys more than others. In this case, I’ve seen a few names pop up over the last few days. Jordan Caron is at the top of that list, and guys like Ryan Spooner, Jared Knight, and Max Suave have had their due. With the addition of the 24 year old Pouliot, it’s likely to come down to this short list of players who vie for the final roster spot.
My head says it’s Pouliot’s job to lose, and only because they went out and asked him to sign on, but consider the leash short. Right on his heels is Jordan Caron, who had some moments, and a decided chemistry on a line with Bergeron in his limited NHL ice time. In the end, the Bruins won’t look much different, but the mystery will be fun to watch unfold.