The Bruins apparently in the wake of the John Boychuk trade and basking in the new $1.6 million cap space money, are contemplating spending $850 on Simon Gagne. I'm not GM Peter Chiarelli, but I can't help feeling that this would be money poorly spent. You can have a bargain of Ryan Spooner for $870 and last year he tallied 11 points in 22 games and has the advantage of being 10 years younger, being faster, as well balanced in three zones and being in the Bruins system the last three years. Gagne, on the other hand if you average his last 4 seasons would give you 45 games at 27 points and not add any intangibles except his age and so called veteran leadership. If you averaged his last three seasons, ( and remember he didn't play at all last year), numbers would drop off even further. He was brought in by Los Angeles at the trade deadline in 2013 in a shortened season and was a healthy scratch for most of their playoff run. No, I would go younger, faster and take the rookie mistakes over someone that's clock is ticking into eternity. In the end when Gagne became injured, you'd be spending the money on someone else and lose the flexibility of the cap space poorly spent on Gagne.
Speaking of the trade of John Boychuk, in his exit from the Garden while picking up his equipment before traveling to Long Island to join his new team; he indicated that perhaps he would test the fee agent market next season and would not close the door on a return to Boston if it were possible financially for the Bruins. I always say, never say never in hockey, and a few twists could occur over the season that may encourage the Bruins to consider this next summer. In the mean time I wish him well and a healthy season. I expect he will have an expanded role down in Long Island and be their number two defenseman and see a fair amount of power play time there.
Getting back to focusing on the Bruins, the team is in Vermont doing their annual team bonding experience. Notable invitees are Simon Gagne, David Pastrnak and Jeremy Smith. The three Bruins that had to pass through waivers, to my knowledge, have returned to the Providence Bruin training camp and are Craig Cunningham, Jordan Caron and David Warsofski. Malcolm Subban was also sent down. GM Chiarelli confirmed on Saturday, that Linus Arnesson had been injured during camp and returned to his developmental team in Sweden about a week ago. I expect that Greg Campbell remained at home to continue his conditioning and rehab while trying to get ready to rejoin the team. No word on Anthony Camara's status that I'm aware of.
Tomorrow on NESN, the second episode of season two will be shown and it's supposed to focus on the early part of training camp. I understand it was wrapped for viewing before the Boychuk trade, so I expect that to be part of episode three. I'm really looking forward to Wednesday night and seeing who is introduced as part of the starting roster to the fans. I expect Matt Fraser, David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner to be on the ice. Any other guesses from you fans? Expect to hear about the roster tomorrow as the Bruins have to file it before the start of the season with the NHL to assure their compliance with the Salary Cap. You can expect to hear that Marc Savard is placed on the Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR), at that time.
Until Next Time!