No. 7: There were any number of way Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli could’ve spent his free agent money last summer.
He could’ve cleared some cap space to go for a huge fish for up front like Marian Hossa, he could’ve addressed the defense with a pursuit of Wade Redden or Brian Campbell, or he could’ve held onto the money and waited to see if the exact same team from last year would improve on its own.
What he opted to do was lure winger Michael Ryder to Boston. And that decision, along with the impact Ryder has had on the 2008-09 edition of the Bruins, is important enough to earn its spot on the list of Top 10 Bruins Stories of ’08. (more…)