Who Is On the Bruins List?

July 2, 2011

Just some names the Bruins are probably looking at.

Simon Gagne
Marek Svatos
Tomas Kaberle
Ian White
Anton Babchuk
Nicolas Bergfors
Jamie Langenbrunner

I would expect 1-2 of those guys to be Bruins in the next day or two.


Bruins Sign Former Hab Benoit Pouliot to 1 year Deal

July 1, 2011

The Bruins have signed former 4th overall pick Benoit Pouliot to a 1 year deal worth 1.1 million.  He is nothing more than a body at this point.  He will probably be the 12/13th forward with Paille and Thornton.  It’s a low risk, high reward signing.  He could turn out to be a 20 goal scorer, or he could continue to be a 10-20-30 guy.  This is not the guy to replace Recchi or Ryder, so no need to freak out if you are against the signing.   It’s the equivalent to signing Cam Barker, or Nikolai Zherdev.  Pouliot has talent, it’s just up to him if he is going to put it together.

Could Bruins Make a Play for Jagr?

June 30, 2011

Tomorrow is July 1st, the free agent frenzy.  Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle will test the market, although there remains a decent chance one of them is back on a 1-2 year deal.  GM Peter Chiarelli has cap space (around 10 million), and has only two holes to fill.  He is wary that the cap will go down next season, when the new CBA is made, so he is going to stay away from long term deals, especially in this weak UFA market where demand is way higher than supply, and the talent level is mediocre at best (Ehrhoff 10 years, 40 million, barf).

But what about Jaromir Jagr?  The 39 year old winger would be a perfect fit for the Bruins.  He has Stanley Cup experience, as does the rest of this team.  He would be on a 1 year deal at under 4.5 million.  He would help improve the PP and fit into the top 6 role, maybe on Bergeron’s line.  He could still probably put up 60-70 points on a team with some skill.  I mean he had 71 points with the Ranger his last season, on a team with no talent really.

Would you take a chance on him?

Potential Free Agent Targets

June 26, 2011

The Bruins come off the Cup win with only two three key unrestricted free agents, Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle.  Recchi has already retired, and it seems unlikely Michael Ryder is back unless he takes a 1 year deal at around 2-2.5 million.  GM Peter Chiarelli has had some negotiations with Kaberle’s agent, but it seems he may wait to see what shakes out in the free agent market before committing to a deal.  Let’s take a look up some options for the Bruins.

Simon Gagne – Bruins fans have been wanting this guy for a few years, one because he has killed us in the playoffs, and two, he has a natural goal scoring touch.  He isn’t likely to be back in Tampa Bay, and the former 40 goal scorer has had his share of head injuries the past few years.  He is 31, and hasn’t played more than 63 games in the past two seasons.  When healthy, he can be a 30 goal scorer.  He would fit nicely on the 2nd line with Bergeron and Marchand, or even the 3rd line with Seguin and Peverley/Kelly.  He could get a 2 year deal at around 3 million per season.

Brooks Laich – Laich is a center who can also play wing.  He is a consistent 50 point/20 goal guy.  He is entering the prime of his career and is only 28. He will likely command around 3.5-4 million per season, which may be a little rich for the Bruins considering they have a ton of forward vying for roster spots.  He isn’t the dynamic forward they may be looking for, but he fits the mold of what the Bruins like.  He is the type of free agent, especially in a weak market, that will likely be overpaid.

Ville Leino – The late blooming Ville Leino.  Stay away from him.  He gives me that Radim Vrbata vide.  He had one great season and that great playoffs two years ago, but he is going get a deal at around 4-4.5 million. Remember, he was playing on a high scoring Flyers team with a bunch of guys who could score.  He will get a 4-5 year deal at around 4.5 million.  Too rich for the Bruins.

Niclas Bergfors – He will be a UFA after Florida non-tenders him.  He is only 24 and the former first round pick scored 21 two years ago.  He may be worth a shot at around a million bucks.  Could play in the third line and managed a +2 in 20 games with Florida.

Joni Pitkanen – Pitkanen will command around 5 million bucks, but unlike Kaberle is only 27 and plays huge minutes (25 a night).  He has some offensive pop, but not the same kind of playmaker Kabs is.  He is a guy who could fit the Bruins well.

James Wisniewski – Wisniewski is also 27 and had a monster season for the Habs and Islanders.  He will likely get around 4.5-5 million as well.  He has only surpassed 30 points once in his career, last year, which may be a turn off (one year wonder vibe).  He also isn’t a goal scorer, even with his big shot (only 10 goals once in his career).  Defenseman tend to be later bloomers though, so this could have been his break-out season.

Christian Ehrhoff – Only 28, Ehrhoff has been a 40+ point guy the past three seasons.  He can powerplay a PP and logs some big minutes.  He is soft though, as we saw in the Vancouver series.  I don’t think he is the first choice for the Bruins, and he could command up to 5.5 million on the open market.

Kevin Bieska – The 30 year old has a huge injury history, stay away.  He will likely re-sign in Vancouver, and hasn’t been healthy much in his career.  Will get around 4 million per.

Sami Salo – See Bieska, except 36.


Prospect Cupboard Looks Pretty Full

June 24, 2011

Not too often a team that just want a Stanley Cup has the prospect pool that the Bruins do.

They have to blue chip prospects in Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton.  Jordan Caron is NHL ready right now, as is Steven Kampfer and possibly Matt Bartkowski.  Zach Hamill, Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight are all going to contend for an NHL roster spot this camp.  Did I mention Yuri Alexandrov yet?  And to add this on top of a team that has only 3 players over the age of 30 in Marc Savard, Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara.

The Bruins could not make one move this offseason and still improve the team just based on experience.  They have the team built now and for the future, which is very hard to do in the NHL salary cap era (see Chicago).

Site News…Sort of

June 24, 2011

As you all know, these blogs are for fun and for us to get our voices out.  I’ve had a hiatus for pretty much all year.  It’s been a long year, had to deal with a lot of stuff so I just haven’t really had time to work on the site.  Obviously it’s no fun for you guys when the site lacks posts, so I apologize for that.  I know many of you use the comments section to post to each other.  With that being said, I’m hoping to revamp the blog a little bit but adding a writer or two if anyone is interested, shoot me an email.

Bruins Draft Dougie Hamilton at 9

June 24, 2011

Forget all the pre-draft talk of Ryan Murphy.  The Bruins selected defenseman Dougie Hamilton ninth overall tonight out of the OHL.  Hamilton is a 6-5 beast who is still growing and was the 2nd ranked defender behind Swedish native Adam Larsson.  Hamilton gives the Bruins a much needed blue chip prospect on the backend.

For a few minutes, it seemed that hulking forward Sean Couturier could slide down to the ninth spot, but Philly, in need of some forwards after trading Mike Richards and Jeff Carter yesterday, snagged him.  Ryan Murphy ended up going to Carolina a few picks later.

Few thought Hamilton would be there at nine, well maybe no one.  There were some rumors of the ninth pick going to Nashville for Ryan Ellis, last years 11th overall pick, but those rumors proved to be false.

Hamilton was the guy the Bruins really wanted (aside from Larsson) and it was a surprise he made it to them.  Hamilton will most likely spend another year in the OHL, but as Chiarelli said, anything is possible.

The final tally on the Kessel trade is Phil Kessel for Tyler Seguin, Jared Knight, and Dougie Hamilton.