Re: BRUINS will be much stronger after this year's 7th Stanley Cup
posted at 6/16/2013 8:11 PM EDT
In response to StanleyCuptotheBruinsin2011's comment:
Many reasons for that ...
Shawn Thornton wont be in the NHL next year ...(by far the slowest player on the ice last night)..Soderberg will finally get a regular spot on the fourth line ..major improvment
PEV will be gone ...phew ..finally ..Spooner, Caron, Camper, Cunningham will get a chance and believe me this is a big ++++++ over useless PEV ....
Hamilton will be even better...Krug will be great, Bart could be added if not will all the D's ..PC could make a trade to improve the team and get another shot at the Cup next season...
Rask is now probably the best goalie in the league...
So I see another Stanley Cup in 2014
I will wait to see if the team wins the cup THIS year, before I start worrying about predicting a Cup, for NEXT year.
Also, I do not believe that any team with a max cap hit this year, can be stronger next year, with the cap being lowered.
It also looks like I will have to put up with another year of your constant whining about Peverley, and now, Thornton, because I doubt, either will be bought out. Thornton does not have an onerous contract for a 4th line winger, and has only next year before he becomes a UFA. Peverley is paid too much for what he has done this year, but he has enough intangibles, that they may decide he is worth keeping.
However, with Rask likely being signed to a cap hit in the area of 5.95M, and Svedberg the likely backup, at just under a 1M cap hit, Ference replaced by Krug at .95M cap hit, it will still only leave 2M for a #1 RW. Say goodbye to Horton.
Buying out Peverley would give an extra 2M to find a 1st line RW, but I doubt that would bring much, on the open market.
If none of the youngsters in the orginization, are ready for prime time, the Bruins may look at bringing Jagr back, for one more year.
So, I believe that next year's team will look like this group, minus Horton and Ference. Stronger? No, but still competitive.