Help PC with Major Issues
posted at 7/17/2010 11:19 AM EDT
This is how Chiarelli should deal with the cap crunch, next year's roster, development of prospects, and trades. Since I know he reads these posts (all of them), I have included some advice on how to get it done with the up-aboves. This is a business after all. Add your advice for PC, so he doesn't mess up this huge year for the B's coming up.
1. Resolve cap crunch by dumping Ryder in Providence; sell to Jacobs as a wise business investment AND best chance to win now, guarantee big bucks for the future.
If I am PC, the easiest way to fix our cap issues is to get rid of Ryder's salary. For what he earns, he is a tremendously unproductive player, if we value him based on last year's production. With Ryder out of the picture, the Bruins would have more than $5 million to sign Seguin and Wheeler, so consider that a done deal also. To re-absorb Sturm in mid-November (as reported the other day by the Globe), we'd also have to move someone else, but I will discuss that below.
Now, this is a business so he's going to have to run this past Jacobs (and perhaps Neely, who knows). Easy sell though. Dumping Ryder allows the Bruins to theoretically field the best team by not necessarily having to get rid of Thomas and/or Savard, who are solid players by everyone's standards, even if they have question marks surrounding them (but very few players don't). The Bruins will sell more jerseys and generate more ad revenue with Savard or Thomas. The Bruins will be better overall with Savard or Thomas. All of this leads to the playoffs, where the Bruins will have a better chance to earn all that glorious playoff money, and earn back far more than Ryder's lost $4 million, and make a deep run, and perhaps win in, with Thomas or Savard.
Bottom Line: Dumping Ryder and sucking up that $4 million is a low risk investment with HUGE potential yields in cash this year and future years if they can win it and earn some serious fan loyalty (Chicago is going to rake it in for years), because if the Bruins don't have to dump Thomas and Savard, if they can keep just one, they'll be good enough on the ice to earn back all that money in playoff money, ad revenue, jerseys and licensing agreements for one of the two Bruins stars, etc. Winning a cup would be a huge financial boon for any original six franchise and the NHL.
2. Field most competitive team by playing Seguin and trading Savard.
This is really a part of my pitch in number 1. The Bruins need to get rid of someone to re-absorb Sturm under the cap and have to space to add someone at the deadline (but if they're going to add someone, why not just keep Savard?) and the Bruins are deep at center.
Seguin is a guaranteed cash cow and can hold his own in the NHL now. Savard is a solid player and a better one at this point than Seguin. However, the Bruins need to field a team for it to be competitive and they won't be able to do that if they don't make this deal. I'd rather get rid of Sturm or Ference, but I can't see anyone taking those contracts (without trading away a significant draft pick) and Jacobs isn't going to let us . bury 6+ million in Providence (see above), so this has to be done. The Bruins only realistically need to gain 2.5 million in cap space, if number 1 goes down, to re-absorb Sturm in November and have cap wiggle room (around 2 million), so getting a useful player/prospect in the 1.5 million range would only help the Bruins. Hopefully a forward.
Rask needs someone to back him up. 50-55 games in the regular season and a guy pushing him in the playoffs and able to give him a rest when we're up 3-0 in a series (though Rask should get the most of the starts) is a nice thing to have. Having the player be a hyper competitive, Vezina winner, who constantly thrives when people count him out, is a plus.
Bottom line: Gives us cap space and hopefully a useful player/prospect/pick. This is a hockey decision, so hopefully PC would be have the authority to do this on his own (or at the most with authorization from Neely).
3. Add depth on Defense via trade or free agency.
If 1 and 2 go down, the Bruins will have 2 million to work with plus whatever they get rid of in the deal. We need someone on the bottom pairing, assuming Hunwick cannot rebound or someone gets hurt. I advocate getting a forward in the Savard deal because I don't entirely like the idea of having Paille on Seguin's third line with Wheeler and I don't want a like of Marchand Seguin Wheeler.
As August roles around and players don't have homes, PC should be after a guy like Brian Pothier, who I believe is still available. Bottom line: we need a 5-6 guy to add some quality competition for D-spots and provide depth when injuries/inconsistency strike.
4. Put together roster with solid, veteran players and hungry, eager youngsters; Win Eastern Conference Championship.
Lucic Krejci Horton
Caron Bergeron Recchi
Paille Seguin Wheeler
Marchand Campbell Thornton
* If Savard gets moved, I'd like to get a forward in the million- 1.5 million range, so that would change the bottom 6 in some fashion, likely bumping Marchand, Thornton, and Hamill down the depth chart.
Call ups: Colborne, Sauve, Lovecchio
Call ups: McQuaid, Bodnarchuk, Kampfer, Bartkowksi.
5. Re-Sign Chara and Bergeron during the season.
Chara is a big part of this team and should be back at 7 years/ 30 million. Wicked cap hit (just over 4 million per year) frees up more than 3 million in cap space, plus low risk because Chara is a health freak. I can see him playing to 40 easy. But even if he doesn't, he won't be 35 when he signs tis deal so he can retire or we can get rid of his contract, though he will probably get a NMC since we are dealing Savard.
Why would Chara do it? Chance to become a legend in an original 6-market. Front load the contract so he makes huge income in the next few years and he can retire easy with no hit the Bruins. Bruins are a very competitive team and this deal will make them even better. This package offers a lot to Chara: winning, money, chance to leave a mark on the league.
Bergeron should be back also in the $4.7 million range. He is a very solid player and a leader on this team. I have a lot of respect for Bergeron's game and the value he brings to the team. $4 million would be an absolute steal for what Bergeron offers and $5.5 million would be a little high. Hopefully the Koivu signing is seen as an anomaly, but if it isn't Bergeron is going to be hard to bring back. Then again, if Z and everyone else is taking a discount, Bergeron probably will also. 5 years, $23 million.