The headline says it all Miroslav Satan signed with the Boston Bruins last night according to a Slovakian press release.
In 65 games last year with the Pittsburgh Penguins the 35-year-old scored 17 goals and 36 points total playing over 25 percent over his time with Sidney Crosby. Even with improved production from his 2007-2008 campaign the Pens chose not to play the veteran down the stretch when they acquired Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz sending him to the AHL.
In his demotion to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, better known as the baby Pens, Satan scored nine points in 10 games. With the Penguins in the playoffs the veteran produced six points in 17 games.
So what does this Topolcany, Slovakia native bring to the Bruins?
Clearly the Slovakian Olympic Team thought Satan would bring something to their team, so the Bruins took a flier on him. Lets take a look at where he could fit on their roster.
The forward lines for yesterday’s festivities were as follows:
Steve Begin – Marc Savard – Marco Sturm
Daniel Paille – Patrice Bergeron – Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler – David Krejci – Michael Ryder
Shawn Thornton – Vladimir Sobotka – Byron Bitz
A rudimentary look at these lines should render that Begin belongs on no team’s top line, especially one the caliber of the Bruins. The impending return of Milan Lucic should solve this problem as the young power forward slots back in to the left of Savard.
I could see the Bruins choosing to move a player, or now slotting Paille down the third line. At this point everything is speculation. One would think that Satan at the very least will see the top 9 and most likely with his sniping ability next to either Marc Savard or David Krejci. With a surprising no movement clause, the Bruins may see something the other 29 NHL teams did not considering it took him until the halfway point to sign.
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