In light of today’s news that Alexander Radulov will not be returning to Nashville, I ask you readers of TheBruinsBlog.net:
Although it might cost an interested team a draft pick or more, there’s a high-scoring forward now available less than a month from the July 1 start to free agency in the NHL.
Now that his body of work is longer, David Krejci can no longer be called one of those “primetime” playoff performers.
We know that if the Bruins advance beyond the first round, the club’s No. 1 center can turn it up and set the league on fire. But just don’t expect him to light up the scoreboard in the first round.
Well, if the Montreal Canadiens are looking for a winning formula to end their 19-year Stanley Cup championship drought, hiring Michel Therrien could be the first step.
After all, it worked for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Considering recent developments with Tim Thomas’ career, I ask you readers of TheBruinsBlog.net:
Would you welcome Tim Thomas back to the Bruins?
- No (71%, 205 Votes)
- Yes (29%, 85 Votes)
Total Voters: 290
Tim Thomas took to his favorite means of communication Sunday morning to expand upon his decision to not fulfill the final year of his $5-million-per-year contract with the Bruins and sit out the 2012-13 season.
Thomas’ official Facebook page featured the following statement from the All-Star goaltender:
Is concern over a possible global financial meltdown factoring into Tim Thomas’ decision to sit out the 2012-13 NHL season?
According to the Bruins goaltender’s Facebook page, it might be at least one of the reasons Thomas is willing to forgo $3 million this season in order to take time off.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli today confirmed the TSN/ESPN report that goaltender Tim Thomas is seriously considering sitting out next season. If Thomas doesn’t play, his $5 million cap hit would still count against the Bruins.
For the most part, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli does not want to comment on negotiations with would-be free agents.
So today while announcing new contracts for Daniel Paille and Chris Bourque, he didn’t offer updates on unrestricted free agents Chris Kelly or Gregory Campbell, or restricted free agent Tuukka Rask.
Bottom-six forwards have played almost as big a role as all-world goaltending in the runs of the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.
The Bruins have boasted one of the better fourth lines over the last couple seasons, and today general manager Peter Chiarelli moved to keep his energy line intact and also bolster the depth of his bottom six with a pair of re-signings.
The only thing we know for certain about Anton Khudobin and the 2012-13 season is that he’s due to make eight times as much money as he did last season, regardless of where he’s playing in North America.
Khudobin has a one-way contract for next season at $800,000. Now will he be cashing his checks in Boston, Providence or some other locale? Well, that remains to be seen.
Here’s one from Pierre Lebrun of ESPN and TSN that will make you scratch your head.
On the “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, the veteran writer/broadcaster reported the following with regards to what he’s been told about Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas:
The player who might’ve been the biggest veteran bargain in all the NHL last season should be handsomely rewarded this summer.
Fresh off scoring a career-high 20 goals and beating his personal-best point total with 39, all while making just $2.25 million for the Bruins in the last year of his contract, Chris Kelly could hit the free agent market July 1 if he’s not re-signed by Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli.
In their continuing effort to load up on young goaltenders for a future beyond the end of Tim Thomas’ contract and through past the end of this decade, the Bruins today signed 22-year-old goaltender Niklas Svedberg to an entry-level deal.
Svedberg played the last two seasons with Brynas IF Gavle in the Swedish Elite League.
We all expected the Bruins to part ways with 2007 first-round draft pick Zach Hamill this offseason.
What we didn’t know was that the Bruins would be able to actually trade the former No. 8 overall pick for an asset.