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Report: Bruins will be ‘very active’ in trade market

Jun 8, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and president Cam Neely has suggested that the team doesn’t require a significant overhaul, but it looks like they might still be “very active” on the trade market, according to CSN New England’s sources.

Although the Bruins have been very successful over the last four years, it might not be practical for them to proceed without making a significant trade or two. They’re in a somewhat difficult cap situation in part because Jarome Iginla‘s bonuses will eat into their 2014-15 budget as punishment for them exceeding the 2013-14 ceiling.

After factoring in that cap penalty and the savings they get from Marc Savard being on the long-term injured reserve list, Boston figures to have around $9 million in cap space with about a quarter of their roster still to fill.

With that in mind they might end up dealing forward Brad Marchand or defenseman Johnny Boychuk to get rid of their $4.5 million and roughly $3.7 million annual cap hits respectively. Doing so would make fitting potential free agent Iginla in under the cap a lot easier.

Regardless of what happens, the Bruins won’t look exactly the same in 2014-15 — no team ever does — but Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg just hopes that the changes are kept to a minimal.

“When you look at the whole regular season, which was a long time and a lot of games, you saw evidence of the guys being able to play well and dominate hockey games,” said Seidenberg. “In the playoffs, we just didn’t play our best hockey. That’s what you have to do in order to win rounds.

“I don’t think there’s a reason for big tweaks to the lineup, but that’s up to management. They have to do what they think is best. We’ll see, I guess.”

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  1. stonebullet - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Use a compliance buyout on Kelly’s ridiculous contract before you trade Johnny Rocket.

    • jeff2000m - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      I don’t see what the big deal is with boychuk….as a bruins fan he’s the first I’d let go….almost 4 million for his services? See ya later!! All he has is a hard shot and throws a big hit every once in a while….not worthy of 3.7. Perfect fit for edmonton. They need a veteran presence up there..would get rid of him way before marchand

      • nunan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        I would consider letting Kelly or Campbell go. They need to make room for Spooner somewhere. I also don’t think Boychuk should be dealt. I just like his game. There is value in role players and he has a place in this system. Letting guys go too easily is an issue. Look at Ference. I completely agree/understand why they let him walk. I would have done the same thing but still, teams don’t get over those changes that quickly. It’s not as smooth a transition as everyone makes it out to be. I’d go Chara, Seidenberg, Hamilton and Boychuk as the top 4. Still incredibly effective when healthy. If they have some major acquisition in the works to replace Boychuk, then that’s a different story. Cap space alone is not reason enough to trade him though, IMO.

  2. c1md6 - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Would take Marchand in a heartbeat.

    • 19to77 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Shame you’re not a GM, or you’d have Chiarelli on the phone right now.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Why?

      • freestyle1022 - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        25-goal scorers dont grow on trees, and that was without any significant power play time. Kills penalties, plays a solid-two way game. Yeah his antics are his antics sometimes, but hes a type of guy you like to have on your team, just not play against.

  3. sixchr - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Thank God. People around here won’t stop beating their chests about winning the President’s Trophy and being the best team in the league. In case they didn’t notice, there’s no chance the Bruins would have beaten the Blackhawks or Kings in the Finals and the Rangers are better than any of us game them credit for. This team needs to make some moves to improve and address their weaknesses in speed and scoring and I’m glad to see that being the case.

    • nunan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Scoring is not an issue. Speed, maybe..scoring, no. They won ‘that trophy’ w/o Seidenberg, who was apparently close to returning. I don’t think we saw anything close to the level they could have played at. People judge them on what they looked like the last time they were on the ice and don’t look at the work, as a whole. Bs would have been fine against any of those teams. The Habs, as we all know, are a whole different story when it comes to playing the Bruins. Maybe they wouldn’t have won the cup but you can’t say they would have had ‘no chance’. That’s way too much of a leap. A series against the Kings or the Hawks would have been close, at the very least.

      • sixchr - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Bruins/Habs is more about what the Bruins fall to not what the Habs rise to. The Bruins completely lose themselves against Montreal. We didn’t see the Bruins at their best and they would have had a shot, I just don’t think they would have won it. I think the Kings/Hawks are a level above Boston and I think the Rangers’ speed would have provided a significant problem for them.

        Perhaps scoring is the wrong word, they can’t finish. There’s not a Bruin who gets the puck on his stick (except for Bergeron and MAYBE Smith) and I feel confident about their ability to put it in the net. They need a guy who can finish.

      • rje49 - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        sixchr, that’s right about scoring. I never see any Bruin (expect maybe Bergeron) be in “shooting position” as the puck is passed toward them. It goes like this: OK, I have the puck, now let’s see, I turn around like this toward the net, now where should I shoot it? Oops. Puck’s gone. Another thing is when everybody goes to dig the puck out by the boards. There’s never anybody at center ice to pass it to, so it always goes back to the point. Yeah, they score, somehow…

  4. thesportsjudge - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Since you can see in a world no one else can, can I have the winning Powerball numbers for the next drawing? Oh, and make it so no one else gets the numbers either, I don’t want to share. Thanks.

  5. nhronin - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    The Bruins have all the talent in the world they need to win the Cup again, but mentally they fell apart. There’s no way an inferior Habs team should have beaten them and I also believe if they were playing at their peak, they would have rolled over the Rangers. Unfortunately though, Montreal got in their heads again and they wilted under pressure.

    No big changes are really necessary other than moving Kelly, not resigning Thornton and revamping the fourth line into a speedy pest line. They should have the pieces in Providence to do that with Spooner and Koke.

    • 19to77 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      What about Eriksson? Float his name as a trade option? Be patient and hope for a rebound year?

      • shaundre93 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        BE PATIENT! He still put up numbers this season that aren’t awful considering his cap hit. New team, new system, head injuries… He was just finding his groove at seasons end. I still wanna see a line of Eriksson – Bergeron – Smith. I think they’d do well

      • nunan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        Completely agree. I don’t think Ericsson came close to performing the way he is capable of. He has been a regular 70+ pt guy. I’m excited to see him after a year with the Bs, healthy, and on a line the Soderberg all season. They were clearly developing a lethal feel for each other’s game. Third line dominance.

      • nhronin - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Definitely be patient. Fans are so fickle. The screams to trade Marchand (and in some circles Lucic) are moronic. Two guys who score 25-30 goals and bring different skill sets that you’re not going to easily replace.

  6. mjw9326mjw9326 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    So why break the bank for Iginla? Let HIM go and save the cap space. He is old, way past his prime and not an integral part of their core.
    Did they use their compliance buyouts yet?

    • soj83 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      I can see why you wouldn’t want Iginla back, he was only tied for the team lead in goals, top 5 on team in assists, 3rd in points, and led the team in game winning goals. He is “passed his prime”, but his prime was as a 50 goal scorer, and now he can “only” score 30.

    • 19to77 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Except for the part where he paced them in goals this season, sure. What a washup that guy is, just leading their offense like that.

      • shaundre93 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        I’d actually have to agree with him. Many of Iginlas goals were of the butt deflection / empty net variety. He had a couple unreal hot streaks but he was rather pedestrian for most of the season. I thought his work ethic helped elevate looch and krejci but it was their talent that inflated iginlas stats. I have no problem bringing back iginla, but not for 6m, incentives or otherwise.

  7. runhigh24 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Eriksson? Who is gonna pony up a big return for a forward who was concussed twice last year? Hang on to him and hope for a return to his Dallas form.

  8. mpops86 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Marchand is probably a goner, but can we stop treating Fat Joe as a credible journalist?

    • bildomatic - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Amen.

  9. shaundre93 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    The only player I wanna see dangled as trade bait is Marchand. Get a solid, younger, cheaper option for the 3rd line, promote Eriksson to L2 and use youth to fill out the rest of the lineup. Probably gonna have to buyout Kelly too. And what’s all this nonsense about trading Boychuk? Who exactly fills that void? A shot blocking machine that throws big hits and can play 23:00+ a night including tough pk min and plenty of ice against top opponents all for a cap hit of 3.7m? I know his contract is up next year but unless the B’s have given up trying to win cups for Chara and are looking toward the future there is no reason to move him

  10. layinglow56 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    I would be looking to package Lucic with a someone to get someone like St Louis and keep Iginla. Lucic has his moments but they are too far and few between. I just want to see someone with moves to drive to the net knocking over defensemen along the way, another Soderberg comes to mind. I would take three of him. I think Miller, Hamilton and Krug (in that order) showed they can play the game. I think Chara is out of place these days in a fast pace game, I like him, but not punishing enough and a little too slow.

  11. hockeyflow33 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Marchand has a bad playoff series and everyone acts like he’s the worst player in the league. Why would you trade an affordable 20+ goal scorer who can play PP and PK equally as well and pester opponents on a nightly basis.

    This is a fat joe haggerty made up story for some slight he perceived from the player. He’s led the charge against Kessel, Thomas and Seguin and Marchand is the latest one. He goes on these dumb tirades while lacking any sort of hockey knowledge or credibility.

    • sixchr - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      Bad playoff series? Since the Cup run in 2011 (2012, 2013, and 2014) he has been nearly invisible in the playoffs. His antics have gotten out of control. If they get to the playoffs and he’s acting like a fool, taking dumb penalties, getting called for his reputation, and not scoring; there’s no reason for him to be on the team. This is hardly an overreaction, they should have looked into it last offseason.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        He had 13 points in 22 games last playoffs and was a +4 last postseason and this postseason; hardly invisible.

        Who do you replace him with and why would you? He is a top 6 forward able to play elite-level defense and you’re buying into the media hype that they lost because of him.

    • pepper2011 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      I’m with flow on this one. He is still young. If he buries a couple of his open nets; his playoff series isn’t a big deal. he’s going to get you 20+ goals 25+ Assists and he is very good on the PK.

      His actual ability on the ice gets overshadowed by his antics. If the Bruins trade him; it’s because he has a target on his back with the refs. I think he’s cleaned up his game tremendously, but he still never gets the benefit. Don’t get me wrong; he’s done this to himself, but there should still be a ton of value for him.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Well Kessel, Thomas, and Seguin are all gone. How does that bode for Marchand’s future? Coincidence? Probably.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        It’s just ridiculous. And now people are clamoring that we should get Gaborik, for what? Guys like him do not work in Julien’s system.

      • rauhj - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        And why would the Kings give up Gaborik? He has fit in great to their system-that’s just silly speculating

    • pepper2011 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      I could see the Bruins moving Krejci for Kesler. It makes sense. I don’t want to see Krejci walk for nothing. If he isn’t signed; he is going to walk. Bergeron and Chara are the two highest paid players and I don’t see that changing. Someone will through 6.5m at Krejci and he’s probably worth it. He is certainly on par with Lucic’s 6m. I’d say lock up Soderberg. Trade Krejci for Kesler ( Benning being there helps).

      Lucic Bergeron TBD
      Eriksson Kesler Smith
      TBD Soderberg Iginla
      Paille Spooner Fraser/Florek

      Chara/Hamilton
      Krug/Seidenberg
      Miller/Mcquaid/Prospect/old vet

      I am targeting landing one or two of these guys with: Marchand, Subban, Boychuk, Spooner, Kohklachev, or Mcquaid.

      Taylor Hall –
      Evander Kane –
      Ryan O’Reilly –
      Patrick Sharp –
      Jacob Voracek

  12. slaugin - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Boychuck was the MVP of the regular season for the Bruins. His ability to make up (Defensively) for what ever scrub playing next to him was invaluable, it even covered up enough to fool every one into thinking the blue line was just fine for the Playoffs

  13. nunan - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    I’d like to see Spooner put into the lineup somehow. Fastest guy on the ice. He has to play center though. I don’t see why they can’t create a more skilled 4th line with Paille, Spooner, and someone else. Then move Marchand down to play on the Swede line, which adds speed to them as well and alters his role. I think that could be beneficial for him. I don’t see the first line changing, unless they don’t resign Iginla. That leaves an opening on the second line, where Marchand was. I have yet to figure out how to fill the opening though.

    I think their D, when healthy, is completely fine, especially with Hamilton beginning to flourish. Him and Krug have plenty of puck moving ability. There only real weakness was Bartkowski, but he wouldn’t have been playing if Seidenberg were healthy.

  14. 311sucks - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    the way marchand played in the playoffs was unacceptable. the coaches can only be blamed to some extent… he missed all of the open nets and that’s all on him. i’d say he is a goner.

  15. papajack1259 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    I would like to blame Marchaund for this years demise and he missed his share of open nets not to mention countless post by others but It was Rask that Take’s the Blame he did not play his best and that seems to that gets lost in this conversation

  16. kmo25 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    If the Bruins follow through on this then Chiarelli is dumber than originally thought.
    In a nutshell, he is going to take one each of his most important forwards and defensemen, trade them, all in an effort to re-sign a 37 year old forward at the end of his career whose line did absolutely squat in the playoffs! BRILLIANT move Chiarelli! That will be right up there with your Seguin trade!

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