Trade Rumors: Savard Signs 7 Year Deal

12/01/2009
New York Islanders v Boston Bruins

Bob McKenzie broke the signing earlier today and announced the contract to be front loaded with a 4.2 cap hit over seven years.  With the playmaking center locked in, where does this leave the Bruins?

Surprisingly better than you would expect.

After this year, Boston has both goalies, seven forwards and three defenseman signed with over 12 million in cap space.  Assuming at least four million goes to keeping Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart that leaves them with 8 million to sign four forwards and two defensemen.  This would give the needed signings an average of 1.3 million per player.  If the team decides to use this space on young players on entry-level deals like Vladamir Sobotka (750K cap hit) or Brad Marchand (821,666 cap hit) then the team can spend up to 1.6 million on each player and so forth.  In the last free agency period, solid players like Vaclav Prospal and Maxim Afinogenov signed for around a million.

Trading Phil Kessel proved to be an invaluable move for the Bruins and is looking better every time the Leafs lose.  With Kessel they would have one more scorer while without him they are able to field an actual team.

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Restoring the Rosters: Boston Bruins

11/19/2009
Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres

Based on Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team. Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.

  1. Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team. This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age.  I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).

Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season. All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goal-tending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.

Much of the Bruins drafting success has come from recently restoring the cupboards.  Regardless of where it came from, the Bruins have been quite successful in locating and developing high end forward talent and decent defensive depth.

The lineup for the Boston Bruins is as follows.

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