So, say the Bruins retain all of their players this year (Horton, Rask, etc). I don't think that's outside the realm of possibility, and I would think that it's part of the team's plans, but who knows.
I know loads of people think that the Bruins are missing a 9th forward, and justifiably so. Bourque isn't the answer, and neither is Caron. Nor is Paille, who is perfect for the 4th line.
If Bergeron is as much of a team player as he says he is, do you try Spooner out on the 2nd line with Seguin and Marchand and try to create some offense, and bump Bergeron down to the 3rd line and make a Kelly-Bergeron-Peverley line, which would form the best defensive line in the league, and would add some scoring punch?
The way I see it, Spooner is every bit as ready to go as Krejci was when he first came up. In just over half a season, he turned Tardif into one of the best goal scorers in the AHL and helped him match his career high, and is nearly a point-per-game player himself.
Granted, this is all speculation, and would probably be an unpopular move to "demote" Bergeron, and would obviously require some serious evaluation of Spooner and the B's organization would have to deem him ready, but it would also free up some cap space at the deadline for them to acquire another defenseman or whatever they felt was necessary.
And who knows if this has already been thrown around here.....I was gone for a few months haha. My apologies if that's the case. But just think.....