|06.13.16 at 12:56 pm ET|
Here is a vast overview of where the Bruins stand entering the offseason. It includes their cap situation, their trade chips and how they’re best-suited to fill areas of need.
This is a Dumb Takes edition of that.
As we did entering the Stanley Cup Final, this is an estimation of the less-than-intelligent points you will run into either on the internet, radio or television if you haven’t already.
To avoid any confusion, the Dumb Takes will be italicized. Any logic will be formatted normally.
TRADE TUUKKA RASK
When you don’t have as many good players as you used to and you have a lot of money, the move is to trade one of the best goalies in the league because he makes a lot of money. Did you know that Tuukka Rask wasn’t EITHER of the goalies in this year’s Stanley Cup Final? Did you know that Matt Murray and Martin Jones were the reasons their team reached the Final, but that Tuukka Rask wasn’t when the Bruins were there in 2013 and he put up significantly better numbers then than either Murray or Jones did this offseason? Did you know?
The Bruins shouldn’t have any untouchables because, despite a less-than-great Eastern Conference team just winning the Stanley Cup, the B’s have just as good a shot at being in no-man’s land in the coming seasons as they do of being contenders. So while they should be willing to move Rask if they can get an overwhelming return, the idea that trading one of their three best players should be a priority is really, really stupid. Rask had a bad year on a bad team, but his career suggests he’s one of the best five or so goalies in the league and he’s still just 29. Maybe put a team that’s good in front of him — the Bruins were 20th in the league in 5-on-5 high-danger scoring chances against — and he’ll manage.
FIRE CLAUDE JULIEN
It isn’t too late! Where would Sidney Crosby be right now if the Penguins hadn’t fired their coach mid-season? Dead, maybe? Well Mike Johnston, a first-time head coach who by all accounts wasn’t a good one, is EXACTLY THE SAME as Claude Julien! They fired him and look what happened!
Claude Julien is a good coach and some of the coaches that have been fired aren’t good coaches. The reason the Bruins weren’t very good this season was because their defensive personnel was very bad. Julien had to rely too much on Kevan Miller, but that was because Kevan Miller actually seemed like a viable option compared to Julien’s other options at times. That’s on management, not the coach.
But which good defensemen has he developed?
Johnny Oduya, Johnny Boychuk, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug. Guys who played elsewhere — Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, etc. — had the best years of their career when playing under Julien.
So they should just keep everything the same?
No, they should keep the good things the same. They have a good coach.
NEVER SPEAK TO J.P. BARRY AGAIN
Why are the Bruins talking to Loui Eriksson’s agent? Why would they consider signing Eriksson?
Because they only have one good right wing (David Pastrnak) and he’s never played more than 51 games in an NHL season.
But they shouldn’t re-sign Eriksson. He doesn’t do anything special.
There were only seven players in the league with 30 goals and a Corsi Relative of 9.0 or higher. Eriksson was one of them.
But he’s not going to score 30 goals every year!
There were only 12 players in the league with 25 goals and a Corsi Relative of 9.0 or higher. Eriksson was one of them.
Should the Bruins definitely sign Eriksson at all costs? Of course not. In fact, if Kyle Okposo doesn’t cost much more, they should sign him instead. But why would a team with a gaping hole on the right side — and no help on the way from the AHL with the exception of Seth Griffith — close the door on its best right wing? It must be because he doesn’t hit people.
It IS because he doesn’t hit people!
That’s because his team usually has the puck when he’s on the ice.
TRADE CHARA FOR A YOUNG TOP-4 DEFENSEMAN
Here’s one that actually is a good idea in theory, but it just might not be feasible. If the Bruins don’t do it, it’s because they can’t. Chara’s contract is good (pricey in 2016-17, but very cap-friendly in 2017-18) and he’d be a stud second-pair guy for a contending team, but the fact is that a team with a good young defenseman should hold on to that asset for dear life.
Not true! The Bruins were willing to trade Hamilton!
That was a bad move by them.
No, he was never that good in Boston.
Yes he was. This must be because he didn’t hit people.
It IS because he didn’t hit people!
|06.13.16 at 12:38 pm ET|
The Bruins will not face any bonus overages for next season, WEEI.com learned recently. In the recently concluded season, the B’s had to pay $969,000 against their cap for their 2014-15 overages. The season before, they had to pay $4.75 million in overages because of bonuses achieved mostly by Jerome Iginla.
Entering the offseason, the Bruins have $52,215,000 committed to 16 players, assuming Malcolm Subban makes the team.
For a closer look at how the Bruins stand entering the offseason, click here.
|06.12.16 at 10:51 pm ET|
The Penguins are Stanley Cup champions after a series-clinching 3-1 victory in Game 6 vs. the Sharks. In winning the Cup, the Penguins became the first team from the Eastern Conference to do so since the Bruins in 2011.
Former Bruin Phil Kessel did not win the Conn Smythe, as Sidney Crosby was the recipient of the playoff MVP award. Kessel led the Penguins in postseason goals (10) and points (22).
The Sharks falling in the Final means that their first-round pick, which the Bruins have from last summer’s Martin Jones trade, will be 29th overall. Boston’s own first-rounder is 14th overall.
|06.10.16 at 8:50 pm ET|
Marc Savard’s contract has been traded again, as the Panthers flipped it to the Devils along with a second-round pick in 2018 for forwards Paul Thompson and Graham Black.
The value of Savard’s contract to a team is that they can use his $4.027 million cap hit to help them reach the cap floor next season while only paying him a $575,000 salary. Savard, who has not played since 2011 due to concussions, has only one year left on a contract that paid him $25.5 million in salary over the deal’s first four seasons but had a lesser cap hit due to significantly lower salaries ($1.5 million, $575,000, $575,000) in its final three seasons.
The Bruins initially shipped Savard’s contract to Florida last summer along with Reilly Smith in exchange for the rights to then-restricted free agent Jimmy Hayes.
|06.01.16 at 9:19 am ET|
Former Bruins forward Dan LaCouture pleaded not guilty Tuesday after being arrested over the weekend and charged with assaulting a woman outside her Cape Cod home, according to the Cape Cod Times.
LaCouture, 39, allegedly hid under the woman’s vehicle Saturday while his friend had a discussion with her in her driveway, then emerged and struck the woman in the collarbone. The victim later discovered that the windows on her GMC Yukon were smashed, and a large rock was on the driver’s seat.
Police were called to the Centerville home just after 6 p.m., and they met with LaCouture and the woman. LaCouture was arrested and charged with one count of assault and battery and two counts of vandalizing property.
LaCouture is due back in Barnstable court July 15 for a pretrial hearing.
LaCouture played in the NHL from 1998 until 2009, including a 55-game stint with the Bruins during the 2005-06 season. He is one of six former players who filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the NHL of exploiting players by encouraging violence and failing to warn the players about the risks of head injuries. According to federal court documents, LaCouture participated in 52 fights and had about 20 concussions, and he now has symptoms consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
A former Natick High School star who played one season at Boston University, LaCouture was a first-round draft pick of the Islanders in 1996. He recorded 20 goals, 25 assists and 348 penalty minutes in 337 career games with the Oilers, Penguins, Rangers, Bruins, Devils and Hurricanes.
|05.31.16 at 3:24 pm ET|
The Bruins announced their preseason schedule Tuesday, also revealing details about rookie camp and the team’s general training camp.
Rookie camp will open on Sept. 15, while main camp will kick off on Sept. 22. The Bruins’ preseason games will begin on Sept. 26 when the B’s host the Blue Jackets at TD Garden. Included in the preseason schedule is the previously announced game between the B’s and Canadiens in Quebec City on Oct. 4.
The full schedule of preseason games is as follows:
Sept. 26 vs. Blue Jackets
Sept. 28 vs. Red Wings
Sept. 30 at Red Wings
Oct. 1 at Flyers
Oct. 4 at Canadiens (played at Videotron Center in Quebec City)
Oct. 6 at Blue Jackets
Oct. 8 vs. Flyers
|05.31.16 at 2:34 pm ET|
According to a report out of Russia (non-Russian-speakers: Hit the translate button on your browser), Bruins 2011 second-round pick Alexander Khokhlachev will sign with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL next month.
— Р-Спорт (@rsportru) May 31, 2016
Khokhlachev, who is still 22 and had 70 points (23 goals, 47 assists) in 63 games for Providence last season, vented his frustrations with the Bruins organization during training camp prior to this season. The Russian center has played in just nine NHL games, registering no points. The B’s will retain his rights until he’s 27 in the event that Khokhlachev returns to the NHL.
Khokhlachev is the second player to leave the Bruins’ organization for the KHL this offseason, as center Joonas Kemppainen signed with Sibiu Novosibirsk earlier this month.