Re: Why Hasn't Marchand Been Traded?
posted at 8/6/2014 5:46 PM EDT
With the new TV deal added to HRR next year, the cap is anticipated to go to $76M.
If that happens, the Bruins will have nearly $30M in Cap not including the Savard LTIR option.
$34M is almost as much as the first Cap, but you can't just keep giving the same group cost of living increases indefinitely. If you look at the situation for next year, the issue isn't what to pay Krejci, Soderberg, Campbell, Paille, Boychuk, McQuaid and Bartkowski. It's that they're all UFAs, meaning they're all 27 or older. Time to move on. Trading one of the younger players on a friendly deal in order to keep guys who will be in their mid thirties by the time their next deals end is not a winning solution. They would be smarter to simply let priced out bottom half players like Campbell and McQuaid walk if it comes to it.
If there is to be a trade, though, the timing of it has nothing to do with nutvices. I think every team in the league is looking at where they're at right now and probably waiting until camp before they make moves. Need to see who among the prospects might make acquiring a Marchand unnecessary.
I was listening to talking heads the other day saying that, in Detroit, Babcock may want Alfredsson back, but management may not see any reason to give that ice time to a geezer when he's not going to make a difference in whether they win a Cup or not this year. Playing Tatar more, or Sheahan, and having them grow exponentially might.
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