June 16, 2011

IT GETS BETTER:

Most of the players that helped Boston win the Stanley Cup will return (The Canadian Press, 2011-06-16)

If anything, general manager Peter Chiarelli might be looking to add a few pieces. He has US$52.2 million committed to 18 players next season—leaving him roughly $10 million to spend with the cap expected to be set around $62 million.

He'll also likely get back the $4 million in cap space dedicated to forward Marc Savard, who is expected to retire because of ongoing concussion symptoms.

Chiarelli's biggest decision will be determining the fate of defenceman Tomas Kaberle, who failed to provide the power-play boost the Bruins were looking for when they acquired him in a trade from Toronto midway through the year. The veteran earned $4.25 this season and is an unrestricted free agent.

Forward Michael Ryder is also eligible to become unrestricted on July 1 after earning $4 million.

The only other Bruins regular in need of a contract is Brad Marchand, who earned himself some extra money by scoring 11 times in the playoffs, including twice in Game 7 against Vancouver. The pesky forward is a restricted free agent who averaged a little over $821,000 on his entry-level deal.


With Tyler Seguin taking over Savard's munutes, Jordan Caron replacing Recchi, Tuka Rask ready to supplant Thomas, and, most of all, Steven Kampfer taking over for the disastrous Kaberle, the Bruins are set up to extend their current three year run as the best team in the East now that they've learned how to close out a series.

There's no chance they bring back Kaberle, making the biggest decision figuring out whether Lucic was so seriously hurt that he just couldn't be effective or whether something else was going on.

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Posted by at June 16, 2011 3:16 PM
  

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