Re: NTC/NMC: Kings have Zero
posted at 6/26/2014 7:42 AM EDT
I disagree, Crowls, about PC's strategy for re-signings. I think it's very calculated, and I don't think he's put them in a bad spot because of them. In almost every case, the dollars seem high to start and then quickly look good for the team. He's always gotten Krejci at a good deal; Bergeron's new deal seems about right now, and it will probably look better in the next few years. I'd say none of Chiarelli's deals look like he "won" the negotiations with the player, but the trade off is that he's put an end to the perception that the Bruins are adversarial when dealing with their players. The only two I look at are Kelly, which would look okay if he was a 15-20-35 defensive specialist as he was when the Bruins signed the deal, and Lucic, which is probably market value for him if he ever had a chance to try UFA, and was signed under the duress of an impending lockout that might have changed the RFA/UFA rules and cost the Bruins far more.
The NTC/NMCs are mostly modified, submit a list deals. I'm not overly concerned about PC's ability to make good moves with these guys if he needs to. More important is the message it sends to the whole team (and I'm sure they can all log on to Cap Geek) that the Bruins are trying to build a core and commit to them - so the players should commit, too.
The cap pressure comes from two directions - the lockout dropping the cap significantly (it's about $10M lower than it would be if there had been no lockout) - and the relatively flat age profile of this team's core with Bergeron, Krejci, Soderberg, Eriksson, Rask and McQuaid all at that magic 27 yr old threshold around the same time, and Lucic and Marchand headed there shortly. The "refresh" started last year on the D, and the salary flexibility from that is a huge boost; now they need to find a way to make it work up front.
The way it seems to shake out right now, I'm kinda sorta hoping Spooner follows the Marchand plan. Approx. 20 games one year, no goals. Next year, 20 goals. Also, I'm totally going to get that leprechaun's f---ing Lucky Charms.
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