Now that the big guns like Ryan Suter and Zach Parise have signed 13-year deals in Minnesota with the Wild the free agent picture around the league becomes clearer. Teams will turn the page to “Plan B” and start looking into the trade market where names like Bobby Ryan and Rick Nash are available, but for a steep price.
For those of you living under a rock, the Bruins have yet to sign a free agent that wasn’t their own. But one can’t be surprised by this as the Bruins are extremely tight to the NHL salary cap.
Of course it’s expected the Bruins will place injured forward Marc Savard on long term injured reserve (LTIR) which will give the Bruins an extra $4 million to play with.
Every fan out there has an idea of what the Bruins should do to ensure that the Stanley Cup returns to Boston next season. Whether it’s through free agency or pulling off a huge trade the answers are out there.
Thanks to capgeek.com and its cap calculator you can build your roster of NHL talent see where it fits under the current NHL salary cap and proceed to show your friends how you’re smarter than any NHL General Manager out there.
So I got in on the fun and here I give my version of the 2012-13 Boston Bruins.
To help you figure out what moves I made, and why I made them let me go into detail.
Even though I do believe the Bruins will trade Tim Thomas’ contract at some point, I kept his hit on my roster for this one.
My first move was putting Savard on Long Term Injured Reserve to give myself some money to play with.
Then I called up Bob Murray, the General Manager of the Anahiem Ducks and offered him a deal he couldn’t say no to. We agreed to send forwards David Krejci and Jared Knight to the Ducks in exchange for forward Bobby Ryan and a 2013 third round draft pick.
After the acquisition of Bobby Ryan I hit the free agent market where I signed former Blackhawk forward Andrew Brunette to a 2-year $5 million deal.
To sure up my defensive core in case Dougie Hamilton is not ready to make the jump I resigned defenseman Mike Mottau to a 1-year $1million deal.
Will any of this happen? Probably not, but it’s sure fun to pretend, eh?
So now it’s your turn Bruins fans. Build your version of the 2012-13 Bruins. Post your teams in the comments section and next week I will publish the five best teams, enjoy!