Re: BRUINS will be much stronger after this year's 7th Stanley Cup
posted at 6/16/2013 10:06 PM EDT
In response to biggskye's comment:
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.
I actually think Stanley is right about Peverley. They can buy him out, they could probably trade him and eat some of the contract. My guess is though that the main reason for a peverley or kelly move wouldn't be their play, but to make room for younger guys. It makes sense. It is clear to me that they think Soderberg is ready to play at an NHL level (stanley, putting him on the fourth line is absolutely insane), and I for one think that Spooner is ready to play in the NHL.
I think they'll try to take some money off the third line to keep horton. It's just a gut feeling of mine that they REALLY like their top six of Horton, Krejci, Lucic, Seguin, Bergeron, and Marchand.
My feeling is that the season after next, the team will be very very strong. The cap is likely going to be somewhere between 69-70 million given a likely 8% increase in HRR. The only two players they would need to extend are bergy and seids. My dream is for NYR to tank next year and Callahan to look to sign with another team and come to Boston.