Re: You Decide
posted at 1/9/2014 1:07 PM EST
More coaching choices?
Is any of this even real...I know you all know better then the reporters...
Dan Girardi – the 6-foot-3, 203-pound impending unrestricted free agent is the best fit for the Bruins in terms of his simple, defensive game and the size/strength department. He hits the criteria of being a unrestricted free agent, an ice time workhorse capable of 25-plus minutes and a proven commodity in high-pressure playoff circumstances, and is more than willing to block shots and throw his body around with a Seidenberg-like physicality. Only Ryan Suter, Jay Bouwmeester, Shea Weber and Duncan Keith have logged more minutes since the start of the 2010-11 season. The price is the thing with Girardi: The New York Posts' Larry Brooks indicated in a report it would take an "A" prospect, a team’s best defensemen prospect and a high draft pick to pry Girardi out of New York. Probability: He won’t be traded to the Bruins unless the price comes down on him.
Michael Del Zotto – the 23-year-old is a few years removed from the player that had 41 points and a plus-20 for the Rangers, and appeared poised to become one of the best young, puck-moving defensemen in the league. Now he’s serving as a healthy scratch for Alain Vigneault, and is regularly mentioned on the trade market. He has nine points in 34 games along a minus-6 rating. He also looked fairly disinterested last spring in the playoff series against the Bruins, and that’s a major warning sign to a team looking for somebody with Seidenberg’s competitive spirit. He’s not even close to what the Bruins are looking for in a D-man, and wouldn’t be on their radar no matter the price. Probability: not going to happen after watching some of his defensive issues in last year’s playoffs.
Mark Stuart – The 29-year-old former Bruins defenseman would seem to make sense on a lot of levels: he’s a great fit in the dressing room, he’s a rugged defender that NESN’s Jack Edwards used to marvel at for his caveman strength. He wouldn’t cost the Bruins a ton dealing with a Winnipeg team going nowhere. But Stuart isn’t really what the Bruins are looking for: he still only plays only 16:54 of ice time per night, and has never topped 17:12 of ice time in any season. He’s not a 20-plus minute horse, and he’s really nothing more than a bottom defensemen pairing for a Stanley Cup-caliber team like the Bruins. Stuart wouldn’t displace any B’s defensemen currently among the top-six on the roster, and that’s not an upgrade. Might be a nice depth deal for the Bruins, but that’s not what they’re looking for right now. Probability: it could happen if the Bruins want another veteran defenseman for a playoff run, but he’s not among their top options.
Christian Ehrhoff – This one is intriguing: what better when your German defenseman goes down than to go get yourself the next best German defenseman on the market? Ehrhoff is a minutes workhorse, has plenty of playoff experience and would become the first member of the hated 2010-11 Vancouver Canucks team to cross over to the Bruins side of the street. His numbers have fallen off the cliff since moving from Vancouver to Buffalo, but this is a guy that averaged 14 goals and 47 points a season for the Canucks over a two-year span. The problem: he’s signed for $4 million a season from now through the year 2021. That’s a tough nut to crack for a Bruins team looking for a rental. It would significantly drive down the price the Bruins would be willing to pay in trade. Think a couple of “B’ level prospects, a draft pick and something from the NHL roster to clear cap space. Probability: with his long contract, the Bruins wouldn’t be interested unless they get really, really desperate for D help this year. They’re not there yet.
Andrej Meszaros – The veteran defenseman has been in and out of the Flyers doghouse this season, and injuries/ineffectiveness have really taken a chunk out of his game the past few years. He was a top-four guy for Ottawa, Tampa Bay and his first few years in Philadelphia, and had 10 goals, 39 points and a plus-34 in his rookie NHL season. On the down side, that was back in 2005-06. On the plus side, it was with the Ottawa Senators, while Peter Chiarelli was still a member of their organization. He’s a “buy low” commodity given how his stick has fallen in Philly, but as recently as two years ago he would have seemed like a suitable replacement if Seidenberg went down. He’s still just 28 years old, so he might be somebody the Bruins can make work for the next few months as he tries to build up his value headed into free agency. Probability: this actually seems feasible if the price was a prospect and draft pick that weren’t top drawer from the Bruins.
Chris Phillips – Another member of the Ottawa Senators connection, the 35-year-old has ideal size (6-foot-3, 221-pounds), experience as a 15-year NHL veteran and he already knows several guys in the dressing room including Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly. He’s having a pretty good season with 13 points and a minus-1 rating while averaging 20:25 of ice time per game, and is exactly the kind of smart, savvy veteran Boston could use to stabilize things in their own end. He’s played for the Sens his entire career and still has value to an Ottawa team that’s not out of the playoff race quite yet, so it remains to be seen if he’d be available. This might be the most realistic option for the Bruins given his cost, productivity and the playoff coming back to them. Probability: If I were a betting man I’d say this is one of the top guys the Bruins are targeting prior to March 5, and that it would end up costing the Bruins a couple of 2nd-3rd round picks.
Other names to consider: Kimmo Timonen, Ron Hainsey, Nick Schultz, Henrik Tallinder and Rostislav Klesla.