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Report: Bruins unlikely to upgrade right wing with free-agent signing

Jul 11, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks have decided to take a chance on Dany Heatley, but the Boston Bruins might pass on the opportunity to do some bargain bin shopping of their own.

The Bruins could still use a right winger after losing Jarome Iginla this summer, but they’ll need most of their remaining cap space for restricted free agents Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron, Reilly Smith, and Torey Krug. Even if that wasn’t the case though, it sounds like they don’t have much interest in Lee Stempniak, Daniel Alfredsson, or the other right wingers left on the market, according to CSN New England’s source.

“If we do anything at all it would be a trade rather than a free agent signing at this stage,” said the source. “We’ll see what happens.”

The Bruins could conceivably trade a defenseman given that they currently have an excess and depending on who they move, that might simultaneously free up the cap space necessary to get a get a solid forward in return.

The Detroit Red Wings in particular could use a right-handed defenseman like Johnny Boychuk, but the Bruins might balk at the idea of giving up a top-four defenseman to a division rival.

  1. milkmemalkin - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Ha. I would say let the rats eat the leftovers, however the rats are too poor too afford leftovers! It’ll be awhile until Boston tastes the playoffs again. Who’s gonna replace Iginla? They have zero depth in their system.

    • upyourstodd - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      You made that too obvious.

    • pouncex23 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      Iginla helped, but to say the Bruins won’t taste the playoffs again is laughable.

      • pleasefiredan - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        Yeah. Even as a Pens fan this is laughable. The east is weak compare to the teams in the west.

      • elrock7 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        Although I think the Bruins will make the playoffs, a less talented and experienced Montreal exposed their glaring lack of speed.

    • titansbro - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      You’re an idiot if you think they’re not making the playoffs. It’s true they are hurting in the cap dept after giving expensive contracts to guys like Chris Kelly. But they wont he Pres trophy last year & I don’t think losing Iginla isn’t going to hurt them that much. No other teams in the East got significantly better either.

      They really should explore trading Marchand & McQuaid. I would really hate to lose Boychuk.

      • clavette - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        boychuck is too valuable to trade away especially if siedenberg gets hurt again

        mullet mcquaid needs to be moved. hurt his calf in january and never played again last year

        and the beak needs to get traded to dallas so he can be with his buddy seguin

      • wutangwild - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        lmao at “The Beak”

    • justinhbhb - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      1:22 thumbs up to down ratio? I have gotten awfully annoyed viewing this site because clearly it is full of only American team fans- understandably so. Any time something is posted about Montreal, Vancouver or Toronto, all I see if a plethora of (typically) Boston and Pittsburgh bandwagon fans who come to bash other teams. Let us non-American team fans know when your entire city shuts down for a playoff hockey game.

      • pepper2011 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        Justin you are just so special that your whole city shuts down for a hockey game. It must mean you love the game more.

        I hate pittsburgh as much as anyone, but to call their fans band wagon is stupid. I guess if they jumped on in the mid 80’s and never got off, but whatever suits your argument, right?

        To call an original 6 fan base bandwagon jumpers is also pretty dumb.

        You see; Boston and Pittsburgh have a history – a history of winning. we shut our cities down for parades. You know the ones that come with championships.

        I am pretty sure I hate you for making me align with Pittsburgh fans, but your commenting about B’s and Pens fans bashing all Canadian teams (on an American website) on a BRUINS article.

        See the Irony?

      • hockey412 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        In all fairness, though, do they shut down the city for the actual game, or because the fans lit the city on fire?

        I agree there aren’t as many Canadian fans on the site, which is odd to me. Perhaps you should gather them up and tell them to have a say in it.

      • dueman - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        I’m Canadian, and, in this instance only, I’m sure that I can speak for 99% of the other Canadian fans on this site when I say that, justinhbhb, you are a complete moron. In fact, I highly doubt that you are even Canadian, but rather, just a troll trying to get a rise out of people since your comment really has nothing to do with the rest of the comments, or the article. If you are Canadian, please stop telling people, because comments like the one you made here, are simply embarrassing…

      • eduncan8888 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        Come on over to Detroit guy, it’s right across the border and you’ll get to experience “original six history” and “a tradition of excellence” at the same time.

        Any fans could shut down a city the size of Winnipeg down for a game day….


    • pepper2011 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      You are kind of dumb.

      If the Bruins didn’t replace any of his 30 goals – they still would have finished 12th in the league in scoring. Not as good as 3rd, but still more than Toronto, Montreal, Minnesota, Washington.

      Guess what LA only scored 198 goals. 60 goals less than the Bruins. I would be more worried about losing Neal, Jussi & Niskanen offensively, but I guess Honrqvist and Erhoff will net 58 goals.

      To answer your question: Eriksson should be able to score 20 goals (10 more than last year) playing with Krejci and Lucic. Assuming he stays healthy.

      so we need 20… 5 of Iginla’s goals were EN goals. anyone could get those. we need 15… Matt Fraser and or Ryan Spooner could get 10-15 combined. so there you have it.

      Oh, Carl Soderberg will score more than 16. Did you see him the last half of the season. BEAST.

      Also to say the Bruins have no depth almost as dumb as saying they won’t make the playoffs.

      They have 9 NHL ready defensemen: Chara, Seidenberg, Hamilton, Boychuk, Krug, Miller, Mcquaid, Warsofsky & Bartowksi.

      Forward Depth: The had 10 guys with double digit goals. They lost one. The Pens had 8 (lost 3 of them and gained one. hmm…)

      Alexander Khokhlachev, Ryan Spooner, Anthony Camara, Matt Fraser, Malcom Subban, Seth Griffith, Joe Morrow, David Warsofsky Linus Arnesson, & Zane Gothberg all project pretty well. so yeah there is that.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      The dumb, it is everywhere.

  2. runhigh24 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    The Penguins system isnt exactly a wealth of nhl ready forward prospects. maybe you should hold off on throwing stones in that glass house of yours

  3. titansbro - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    They should be exploring trading Marchand & some other pieces for Kane.

    • pouncex23 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      I would be shocked if Bruins trade for Kane… Kane would be Seguin all over again so I doubt the Bruins would want that. I’m all for trading Marchand though.

      • pepper2011 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        I don’t think so. Kane is different. The Bruins didn’t try to run Seguin out of town. If anything they protected him. Don’t get me wrong; once he was gone all the stories came out, but Winnipeg seems determined (and has for a while) on publicly shaming him. Not sure that works with Teenagers – let alone millionaire teenagers.

        I just think Lucic, Chara, Bergeron, etc… would be able to keep him focused and “in-line”
        I know it didn’t work for Seguin, but the Bruins would have put up with some of his immaturity if he showed up when it counted. Kane is a Bruin type player, Seguin just wasn’t.

    • pjblake2redwings - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      you are an idiot if you are talking about patty kane.. Evander Kane maybe then

      • pepper2011 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        kinda thinking your the idiot for thinking he was talking about Patrick kane.

  4. justinhbhb - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    I have an odd feeling that the time of Pittsburgh and Boston is over. Not that they will never make the playoffs or win a division title- but the time of dominance is over. I forsee Montreal and especially Tamba Bay becoming the new teams to beat. The beauty of the side effects of the the salary cap. This would be ironic too since Boston’s Western rival- Vancouver used to be a “good team”: and now they can’t make the playoffs.

    • pepper2011 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      The B’s cap jail is basically this year only because of Iginla’s 4m+ in bonus’ that come off after this year.

      Savard will be LTIR, Boych

      You have to see what they get out of Eriksson, but Kelly is really the only overpaid guy. Their highest cap hit is Chara at just under 7m. Letang is 7.25, Phaneuf 7M.

      Marchand is close, but he’s a 25 goal scorer and seems like he is going to continue. Krejci will get paid, but they have this year to see if they want to extend him or if they think Soderberg can replace him at less than he makes now. Spooner or Khoklachev should be ready to be 3rd line center 2015.

      They also have enough chips to make trade if needed. Subban and Boychuk in particular; maybe even Krejci if they don’t think they can resign for a reasonable number.

      No forward makes more than Bergeron.

      Blackhawks seem to be a bit more vulnerable. It’s tough to have two guys 10m+

      • lightning79 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Blackhawks 10.5M for Toews and 10.5M for Kane are only counting on the cap next year, so they have about 1 year to figure things out. They are banking on the cap going up.

  5. njadvocate111 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    They have a 2 year window, because after Chara is gone they are no longer a favorite. Sure, they will make the playoffs but what good is that if you dont have the roster to win? First round loss to caps in ’12, lose 3 in a row to lose the Cup on home ice, then lose to your rivals and blame it on 15 posts. Ryan Spooner stinks, can’t score in the A, will never do anything in the show. Warsofsky is not NHL ready, not even close. They didnt have the firepower with Iggy, not sure how they expect to compete against the Kings and Hawks without injury luck. Soderberg sure looked good, but he had 1 goal in the postseason. Reason they won in ’11 is because Ryder and Kelly dominated against the 5/6 dmen matchup. Hitting 15 posts in a series isn’t bad luck, it means you have no goal scorers.

    • pepper2011 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      I don’t know if you have been watching, but Chara really isn’t getting that much worse. He has always been kinda slow.

      I think the in the 2013 loss to the Hawks; he look a little tired, but Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp and Company make lots of guys look less than themselves.

      Lets not forget they ran over a STACKED Pens team and only gave up 2 goals in the series. a team that hadn’t been shut out all year, but Chara led them to it twice in 4 games.

      I mean he was nominated for a Norris.

      Also – Have you seen Dougie Hamilton? you know the guy picked after Larsson… He will be their #1 by next year. 20 years old and has 41pts in 106 games. He is also a +26 (AS A TEENAGER!). Larsson 27pts and a +3 in 20 more games. Seth Jones was a -23 last year.

      When in his mid 20’s he will be 6’5″ and 230 instead of 195… Kid can flat our play. He also has 10 points in 19 career playoff games.

      • elrock7 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        jury still out on Dougie. Though it is funny that he still goes by dougie and his brother by freddy…..Tehee

    • pepper2011 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Also – Spooner isn’t a goal scorer; he is a playmaker. 46pts in 49 games in the “A” seems like he was producing to me. You also didn’t mention khokhlachev, Griffith or Camara.

      Warsofsky is NHL ready. He is very similar to Krug.

  6. nunan - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Njadvocate – I enjoy your attempts to make the Bruins look bad. They’ve gone to two Stanley cups and have won a Presidents trophy since 2011. I guarantee your team doesn’t have those credentials. Reality hurts…especially if your name implies you cheer for the Devils. Don’t be hypocritical.

    Pepper – well done. People hate facts backed by statistics.

    Bruins will be just fine. The Habs are their worst matchup and they couldn’t get over the hump. If they did win that game 7, we all know they would have made it to another final and been a MUCH better opponent to the kings than the rangers were. Two very similar teams. Some of you are so jaded. The ‘issues’ the bruins have now are normal for any team trying to afford keeping together a winning group. Naturally, as players age, they want more money and sacrifices have to be made. That’s why the AHL prospects are so important. Bruins have plenty of value and depth there. If you say otherwise, then you just don’t know and you’re spouting off bc you just don’t like the bruins. You don’t have to like them but your opinions are worthless bc they’re not based on facts.

  7. bcisleman - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Boychuk would be an ideal get for the Isles IF he signed long term. Isles might part w/ Ryan Strome (RH shot). He’s already shown he can play in the NHL and has enormous upside. Plus this would reunite him w/ junior teammate Hamilton. He’s projected role of 2nd center is gone for at least years w/ the Isles and Dal colle, Ho Sang and collberg will be competing for future top 6 spots so the Isles are able to move him. Depends on signing Boychuk long term.

    • lightning79 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM


  8. mpops86 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Marchand, Boychuk, and picks for Kane should be appealing.

    • valoisvipers - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      mpops86 Way too much for a bad Kane apple.

    • elrock7 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Appealing for who? EVANDER Kane, not Patrick!

  9. devilsmetsgiants - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    They could probably get Michael Ryder back for a draft pick. Maybe more if the Devils promise that he will score more than 20 goals.

  10. njadvocate111 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    All I am saying is that complacency in this offseason made them worse, not by a little but by a lot. Listen I think Dougie is a good player, but if you think he is Drew Doughty and ready to take the load as the number 1 at 20, then you are just flat wrong. They didn’t have enough with Iginla, I just don’t know how you have maintained your depth which was an asset, and keep your top 2 lines comparable to those out West. Sure if you are looking to make the playoffs, sure, you’ll be there. My only point was that if they made a move, specifically moved marchand in a package with a dman, they would be in a much better spot. Just seems like its going to be like watching the Pens, great reg season but not enough to get over the top. If the Habs, Rags, Kings and Hawks all felt they had to get better, just curious why they didnt, especially with the pieces they had going into the draft. The cap took them out of all free agent play

    • pepper2011 - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      They don’t need a number one this year. They still have Chara and, they didn’t get that much worse. They didn’t. They lost Iginla. They will have Smith, Hamilton, Krug, Bartowski, and Soderberg who will now be in their 2nd year (Hamilton 3rd), and presumably better. That is virtually 3 rookie defensemen.

      Also – Dennis Siedenberg, Chris Kelly and Adam Mcquaid – they can’t carry all of their D men, but Seidenberg is a Solid #2 and a #1 on some teams (coughdevilscough). He was missed. a lot. The Bruins played with 4 rookie defensemen last year. FOUR.

      Although Mcquaid is by no means a Top 3 guy, he can slot in pretty admirable in the 4,5,6 slots, and would have been helpful as Miller and Bartkowski struggled against MTL. Mcquaid is a +17 in his last 45 playoff games.

      A healthy Chris Kelly would have enabled you to sit Thornton. Thornton wasn’t the problem, but his skill set is much more conducive to the regular season. The Habs 4th line killed the B’s. Kelly would have made that matchup a little more balanced. Less Jordan Caron is addition by subtraction.

  11. bruinsfan55 - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    To say the Bruins won’t make the playoffs is absurd. We will be back in the playoffs as a top seed in the east. We have a ton of prospects with really good potential. The Providence Bruins finished atop of the AHL 2 years ago and last year made it round 2 of the playoffs as well with essentially the same team just Malcolm Subban made a bigger contribution. Sponner and Fraser will easily be competing for nhl time. The Bruins are set to win now and in the future

  12. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Man lots of Bruin haters out today. Boston will be just fine. Sure losing a 30-goal hall of famer hurts but they have plenty of forward depth. Eriksson is good enough to atleast bounce back with 20 goals and 50 points. Reilly Smith will continue his development and they have some solid prospects. And then there’s the usual suspects that make up a deep forward group. Chara is still elite and looks like he can play productive hockey into his early 40s. He’s probably lost a step but his game was never based on speed anyway. And beyond him the Bruins are extremely deep on the blueline. For that NJ fan who thinks Dougie Hamilton isn’t gonna produce like a top pairing defenseman over the next few seasons then you haven’t been paying attention. The kid is an elite talent. They don’t make size and mobility combos like that very often. And when you can have a guy like Krug play on your bottom pairing you know you’re set.

    That’s all without mentioning their perennial Vezina contender in net. Boston is still the best in the East.. though the one team I’d be seriously worried about over the next few years is Tampa. Talk about young talent, they have too much. Everywhere.

  13. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:27 AM

    That’s just dumb. There’s no way Boston is missing the playoffs. Only way that happens is if Rask, Bergeron and/or Chara are abducted by aliens.

  14. tommy4000 - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Damn. Marchand has one bad season and everyone starts screaming trade him. The guy is part of the core players and is a monster PK player. Not to mention he and bergy are dynamic together. The B’s not only need to keep him they need to expand his role. Boychuk or Mcquaid are tradeable due to the depth there. If they trade Marchand then Boston’s gm is a fool

    • newgod99 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      In his “bad season” he still scored as many even strength goals as Toews. Bruins will be competing for the cup again next year. Will out skill and bully other teams and the haters can hate more.

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