Re: My Bruins Roster for 2012-13
posted at 5/4/2012 12:05 PM EDT
In Response to Re: My Bruins Roster for 2012-13
[QUOTE]I want to comment but all I can think is ... meh. Not that you've done something stupid. Just that you're assuming a Thomas trade for a particular piece and what it will take to get the two FAs. You've also underbudgeted if it's Hamilton who sticks - have to account for his rookie bonus, so you need a couple of million more, and you have to account for a veteran to back-fill if he's slow to adjust because you'll have to carry an additional salary on your active roster. More to the point, though - Purcell's the most interesting add after he backed up his playoff performance over a full season, but he's also the most speculative piece. I also think Bergeron would be less than geeked to be the third line centre again - I recall one of the items his agent raised in bargaining was a greater role in the offense. Moss and Gaustad might as well be mutt and jeff. I hate Gaustad, and I'm already hoping Marchand continues to subdue his Gaustad-like tendencies. The positives on Gaustad could be any of a number of guys - I wouldn't pay $2M+ for that skill set. Better to bring back Campbell. Moss got 20 playing 2nd/3rd line roles in Calgary, and playing with guys where going to the net was a valuable compliment. Not sure (Gaustad or Campbell) and Thornton fit the same bill. In general, though, the model is the kind of thing I'd like to see - 3 scoring lines and a search and destroy unit that plays at a goosed level of effort. I've said elsewhere that with Bergeron getting all of the assignments vs. top lines anyway, you might as well use the third line to create mismatches and overwhelm the other third lines out there.
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
Good points Book. As for Hamilton, two things. First, he was drafted 9th so he does nothave a top 3 EL contract like Seguin. According to Capgeek his absolute max is $1.525 million. Even then, it is possible Hamilton will not even hit all of his bonus targets which is what he would need to do to max out his salary. A veteran depth guy on D will not be hard to find or all that expensive either.
I also do not think Bergeron's line will be a typical third line or even a third line at all. I see the first 3 lines as balanced and interchangeable, including icetime. His line, or Seguin's, or Krejci's could just as well all be designated the third line on any given night. That's depth at its best. Bergeron's role would not change nor would the amount of minutes he plays.
Moss and Gaustad are not essential. Campbell or Paille could just as easily come back but the 4rth line I am not all that concerend about. Not when you have the three lines above that are so deep.
As for Purcell, yes that is pure fantasy but it is fun to speculate which is all any of this is. He would be a definite asset if obtainable.