Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, contacted prior to tonight's Lester Patrick awards at the Garden, said he hopes to ''get ahead'' of salary cap concerns that will develop in the weeks ahead upon the projected returns of the injured Marco Sturm and Marc Savard.
Noting that he attended games Monday in Montreal and Tuesday in Ottawa, each time with Phoenix the opponent, Chiarelli said, ''I've got to do something at some point--I've got to get ahead of it and look at stuff.''
Question becomes, who goes? The most tradeable parts on the Boston roster, considering their cap hits, contracts, and overall value, are forwards David Krejci and Blake Wheeler.
Krejci currently centers the club's No. 1 line, which makes it highly unlikely that he would be traded -- even if he is essentially filling Savard's role at the moment. Wheeler would be the far more logical ''move''. If he were dealt, then rookie Tyler Seguin likely would move into his slot on one of the club's top two lines.
There are no guarantees, of course, that Seguin will remain on the Boston roster. He could go back to junior. The bet here, though, is that he remains in the Hub and sees more ice time as a winger once Savard returns. If he is going to remain, look for the front office to make that announcement within the next 24-72 hours.