posted at 5/17/2010 11:39 AM EDT
Let's just start this thread now. I really do not what to just focus on what happened. I think we can incorporate in this thread, discussing next year's lineup, the pros and cons of players, the disappointments, the areas we need improvement on, and everything else we are discussing in bits and pieces throughout other threads.
Lucic -- Savard -- Kariya/Whitney/Stempniak*
Hall/Seguin -- Krejci -- Wheeler (Really a 1A line because I see Krejci hitting 80)
Sturm** -- Bergeron -- Recchi (Checking line with some offense potential)
Asham/Mayers*** -- Sobotka -- Thornton (Toughness and character)
It is crucial to work youngsters into the mix for a few games next year also: Colbourne, Caron, Sauve, Hamill. Also, sign Paille for 800K or less and keep him to the sides until injuries OR if the PK suffers without him.
Chara -- Boychuk****
Wideman -- Stuart *****
Ferrence -- Win this spot******
* 3-4 million for a speedy, veteran with scoring potential. Stempniak is younger, more inconsistent, but has more upside. Could also be cheaper.
** If Sturm makes it back from Injury
*** Character free agent pick up. Asham was great against us and Mayers has a lot of character, even if he isn't that great. There are any number of tough, character guys you could slot in here. Wouldn't mind bringing back Montador either as he can also play D (his primary position).
**** Boychuk has game.
***** Future captain, need him signed. More character and tougness than any other Bruin.
****** I'm not crazy about Ferrence either, but that last spot could go to A UFA/ McQuaid/ Bodnarchuk/ Alexandrov/ Gormley, Fowler, Gudbranson (If B's can trade up)