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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
It’s likely that Iginla will find a suitor more willing to give him better security, in years and dollars, than the Bruins can offer. The question, however, is whether Iginla would be in better position to chase his first Stanley Cup in a destination other than Boston.
The Black-and-Gold bosses remain confident in their group. Tuukka Rask (Vezina) and Patrice Bergeron (Selke) won awards in Las Vegas for being the best at their job descriptions. Zdeno Chara, runner-up to Duncan Keith for the Norris, is still within his window of dominance. There are many GMs who’d like to swap rosters with Chiarelli, especially if Iginla comes back.
“In a broad sense, I feel good,” Chiarelli said. “With Jarome or that type of player, it would obviously be better. We’ve got some players that are going to come up and bubble up. I always like that energy and enthusiasm these guys bring. I feel good. Our younger guys are getting better.”
The hangup is more about term than dough. The ideal scenario would be for Iginla to sign a one-year extension. The Bruins could stack Iginla’s contract with bonuses, keeping the cap number low, because he is a 35-or-older player.
It would be tougher for the Bruins to go beyond one year. The NHL does not allow 35-or-older players to earn bonuses on multiyear contracts. The Bruins would have to ship out salary to make it work.
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, June 27, that the club has promoted Scott Bradley to Assistant General Manager and Ryan Nadeau to Director of Hockey Operations/Analytics. Chiarelli also announced that the team has hired John Ferguson as the Executive Director of Player Personnel.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Don Meehan, the powerful agent who counts Jarome Iginla among his vast clientele, has started setting up meetings with teams other than the Boston Bruins to discuss the veteran winger’s future.
Without getting into specifics, Meehan confirmed to Sportsnet early Thursday that Iginla’s focus is expanding now that the hockey world has gathered in Philadelphia for the entry draft — a turn of events that says more about the current state of the Bruins’ cap situation than the player himself.
This does not appear to be a case where an agent is trying to capitalize on the free agent interview period and create leverage. Meehan is simply protecting his client.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Jarome Iginla, the 11th overall pick in 1995, was an excellent fit on the first line last season. Iginla had 30 goals and 31 assists in 78 games while playing alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci. The Bruins do not want to see Iginla walk.
But they may have no choice. They are already facing a bonus overage penalty, estimated to be around $4.5 million, for 2014-15. With the salary cap projected to be approximately $70 million, the Bruins will be forbidden from approaching the ceiling because of their penalty, the bulk of which stems from the $3.7 million in bonuses Iginla totaled as a first-year Bruin.
So while Iginla deserves a multiyear deal, it would be difficult for him to get it in Boston. The Bruins could offer Iginla a similar bonus-stuffed contract as a 35-or-older player. But such structure is allowed only on one-year deals....
“We’d like to sign Jarome,” GM Peter Chiarelli said during a conference call Monday. “He’s been a valuable player for us. It’s a good fit. We’d like to sign him.”...
Or Chiarelli would have to talk trade. Johnny Boychuk would bring the biggest return. The right-shot defenseman is under contract for one more season at $3,336,667. Boychuk will be due a big raise after 2014-15, one the Bruins won’t be able to afford. The hard-hitting and durable Boychuk would be a good target for a team seeking muscle and experience in its top-four group.
Michael Felger joined Arbella Early Edition to discuss the B's offseason.
He believes one of Peter Chiarelli's flaws is "overvaluing his own players."
"I think they need to evolve a little bit," said Felger. "You need to make changes, you need to evolve as a team. You continually need to try and get better, and make changes and mix and match and do those other things.
"I don't think these guys, meaning Chiarelli and Julien, do it as much as they need to."
Below, watch the full segment...
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
While Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted that the Bruins face some "hard choices" because of their salary cap situation, the GM also confirmed that the team doesn't plan on using either of their compliance buyouts.
The Bruins could be facing close to a $5 million ($4.7 million) cap penalty for player bonuses to Jarome Iginla, Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Spooner that went over their cap limit during the 2013-14 season. That could cancel out the Marc Savard LTI (long term injured reserve) money allotted to the Bruins to go above and beyond the salary cap, and then some for a team that has less than $9 million to re-sign Iginla, Krug, Reilly Smith, Matt Bartkowski as well as find a fourth line winger and backup goaltender.
One option currently available to the Bruins would have been buying out the contract of third line center Chris Kelly, and wiping his $3 million cap hit off the books.
from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,
... it will be telling to see what happens to the large number of free agent enforcers this summer, with quite a few set to be unrestricted, a quirk of enforcers mostly getting short-term contracts. In addition to Thornton, George Parros, Paul Bissonnette, Kevin Westgarth and John Scott, among others, are without deals.
“I think if you look across the league, you look at more and more teams rolling four lines and getting some production out of the fourth line, like we’ve had for a number of years,” Neely said.
“If you look at certain players, their ice time is two or three minutes a game. I think coaches probably look and say, ‘I could really use someone who could give me six, seven, eight, 10 minutes a game.’ I think that’s where you see things going, more than just fighting getting out of the game completely.”
That, of course, was what Thornton was for the Bruins.
“Everybody’s been talking about it for a few years that the guy that does nothing but sit on the bench and play one minute a game isn’t as relevant as they used to be, and I’ll definitely agree with that,” Thornton said. “But because there’s only a couple of them in the game, I’m not sure why the guys that can play and have played get thrown into that grouping.”
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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Shawn Thornton isn’t going to see the end of enforcer era as an NHL player, but everybody knows it’s coming eventually.
The 36-year-old fourth line fighter will sign elsewhere for next season after GM Peter Chiarelli broke the news to him on Monday that the Bruins won’t be pursuing his services for the 2014-15 season. Thornton will be a great fit on a young, playoff team that’s in need of toughness, veteran leadership and a little bit of swaggering attitude to put them over the top.
Thornton brought attitude, swagger, work ethic, character, leadership and good humor into the Bruins dressing room over the last seven years, and that is still in demand because the right wing can still play. He was an individual that always opened his home to young players on their own for the first time, and befriended shy or introverted players to make life easier for them in the day-to-day world of the NHL.
Peter Chiarelli talks about not re-signing Shawn Thornton.
via DJ Bean of WEEI,
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told WEEI.com Friday morning that he has no plans to trade forward Brad Marchand. He also refuted a rumor from Thursday that the team was discussing a trade of the pesky forward for Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau.
“I have had no discussions for Marchand and I have no plans to trade him,” Chiarelli said. “I don’t make it a practice to respond to reports in the social media but occasionally it is necessary.”
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