Re: And Your Starting Lineup for '14-'15 is?
posted at 7/8/2014 7:47 PM EDT
Alright, I'll play.
Assuming they move Kelly for nothing but picks or prospects who are not part of the story right away -
Lucic Krejci Eriksson The Switch Lucic Krejci Eriksson
Marchand Bergeron Smith Soderberg Bergeron Smith (second PP unit rides again)
Paille Soderberg Fraser Marchand Spooner Paille (bump up the offensive potential)
Campbell Spooner Florek. Florek Campbell Fraser
I retained no salary for Kelly and put Savard on LTIR. I gave Krug $1.75M and Smith $1.5M, and Fraser and Florek got $900K. The CapGeek calculator would have let me give them in the $600s, but I believe we discussed whether or not you could qualify at a lower amount than their contract NHL salary if they didn't earn that amount. So - this is what you get. The whole shebang leaves about $1.7M in flexibility, and they could drop Griffith to the minors to increase that if they wanted.
The strength is the D, obviously. I think they can get enough goals out of the regular formation to win enough games to be a top 3 seed in the division and top 6 in the East. Honestly, I think that's a very conservative prediction. I think the top line is good for 70 goals, the second line for 70 goals, the third line for 40 and the fourth for 20. The D will get about 40 with Krug, Hamilton and Chara. That gives you 240 or sixth in the league. I might be high (...on my predictions...) but even if I am, I think the Bruins finish top 5 in defensive stats again, Rask contends for the Vezina again, and they see the return on investment in the ice time Hamilton and Krug played last year.
PS. I gave serious consideration to trading Campbell. For what, I dunno, but the thought of adding a bigger, stronger banger in that spot appeals to me. Perhaps that's what they can get for Bartkowski - a guy with some size who can play 4th line LW with a bit of skiil and a lot of "truculence" and create space for Spooner to try to Marchand his way up the lineup.
Are you not entertained?!?!