Song of the Post: Beat This Summer by Brad Paisley
We haven’t even dropped the puck on the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruin and Chicago Blackhawks; but we can sort of look forward to the offseason.
Not looking forward as in one team will have the cup and one team won’t; but more with the offseason moves that the Bruins will have to make to continue their success.
Jaromir Jagr, Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Kaspars Daugavins are all free agents as well as Andrew Ference and Tuukka Rask. The Bruins will need to sign Rask to the full tender, 8 years and however many millions he deserves. The Bruins will be hard pressed against the cap and won’t be able to save the entire team this year. Nathan Horton after his phenomenal post season. He will also be paid big, hopefully for the Bruins.
They can let Ference, Peverley, Kelly and Jagr all walk, they are talented and useful but the Bruins will see them as expendable. Jagr is a rental, we knew that. Ference has some competition with Bartkowski, and Krug making some noise this cup run. They are almost carbon copies of him size wise, with a more offensive explosion possibility. He may not be in his beloved Boston too much longer.
Kelly, Daugavins and Peverley are making up the 3rd line or splitting time around there, and they all shouldn’t be resigned. Yes, Kelly wears the “A” and yes he is a centerman which are coveted in the league but he hasn’t put up his numbers that we want. Daugavins is a quick sniper that is just reaching his potential. Peverley can walk because he has been useless with the team since 2011.
The Bruins have many players in the minors between Caron, Spooner, Knight, Borque and Khoklachev all able to be an effective 3rd line player. They can make up the future third line while the top six are all accounted for.
I feel the Bruins have a bright future ahead of them as well as coming up soon Wednesday night. We want the Cup for years to come.
+Felger and Mazz have said Kelly and Peverley are up for contracts.