Ok, just to throw my 2 cents in
1) Keep Kessel- This guy is young, dynamic, and can pot 40 a year. As long as he keeps his heart in the game and stays healthy he will be worth it. My question is with Gaborik(who is injured every 5 minutes) getting 7.5 mill, and Gionta getting 5mill, what does that make Kessel worth? His agent is going to look at those deals and demant at least 5.5 to 6mill per. Hopefully he can follow Krejci's example and sign for less to play for a winner.
2) Trade Marco Sturm- Of course if Kessel is dealt we keep Sturm. But dealing Sturm for picks&prospects would talke 3.5mill of the B's cap hit, money that can be uses to either sign a solid D-man(Scuderi, Beaucheman,Scneider) or acquire a D-man via trade (Kaberle, Witt, etc)
3) Re-Sign Mark Recchi- It has to be done, sign him to a 1yr 1.5-2mill deal, he already made it public that he wants to stay in Boston, so make it happen. He can play on the 3rd line with say Bergy and Kobasew, pot 15-20 goals and put up 50-60 points.
4) Look up Matt Hunwick for 5+ years- This guy is going to be good. It would be a major mistake not to lock him up longterm, if they could get him for, oh, say, 5yrs12mill id take that.
5) Let Marchand and Sobodka play next season- They are ready plain and simple, if you can have Sobodka play on the 4th line and maybe have Marchand possibly even play on the 3rd with Bergy, that will be great.
6) What If's- Of course there are also begging problems with this team, such as David Krejcis hip, what if it doesnt heal right? What if Timmy has a down year? What if Wheeler has a sophomore slump? There are a lot of behind the scenes questions with this team right now, but its looking like its going to be a great season.
One final thing... am I the only one getting sick of PC's "sitting&waiting game?? Every time the guy talks its the same ole crapola of "Were just going to sit and wait." He has a great eye for talent but ughhhh. Anyways this is my dream for next season
Kessel Savard Lucic
Ryder Krejci Kobasew
Recchi Bergeron Wheeler
Thornton Sobodka Marchand
* Begin Soderberg??
Timmy & Tukka