Carlo’s value is reduced in general now and most teams aren’t looking to take on D at this time. (as the expansion draft is meant to break them free for Seattle)If youre ok letting go of Carlo, the play is to trade him, not leave him unprotected and lose him for nothing.
In that case, it would be far better to keep Carlo until after the expansion draft. His value will be far higher than a 4th round pick after then. Anyway, I don't see the point in dumping him; bad asset management is not what this team needs.Carlo’s value is reduced in general now and most teams aren’t looking to take on D at this time. (as the expansion draft is meant to break them free for Seattle)
I guess if you could find a team with a spot you could get a 3rd or 4th round pick, maybe?
Edit: I’d target replacing with Larsson or Savard as an older player could pair well with all their young D, it’s true that it’s worse value
Isn’t Hyman a born and bred Torontoan (Torontoer?)? I love the idea, but question the likelihood.Some UFA's I'd be interested in:
Phillip Danault, C.
Danault had a bit of a down year, which may suppress his contract value. However. If you lose Krejci - Danault is a good two way center who could see an offensive increase playing with more talented wingers (Hall?). He's also young enough that a 3-4 year deal isn't going to be bad on the back end.
Jamie Oleksiak, D.
Who knows how the Bruins D is going to shake out - but with Miller a UFA and totally unreliable, Reilly a UFA, and the high odds we lose a D to the expansion draft - Oleksiak is a solid, BIG (6'7) defensemen who is actually pretty mobile. He would be a great add to a back end that could use some stability and size.
Brandon Montour, D.
Same as above - if instead of heavy and defensive, you want to go a bit more offensive for a right D man.
Zach Hyman, LW
Ship Nick Ritchie to mars. Consider breaking up the Bergeron line. Re-sign Hall. Go Marchand/Bergeron/Hyman (if healthy) and Hall/Krejci(Danault)/Pasta. That's two deep scoring lines with complimentary pieces - that will also be incredibly sound defensively.
The $58.6 million in that tweet includes what that person is estimating for the RFA's, Ritchie, Kase, Frederic and Carlo. The poster gave Ritchie a $500K bump, left Kase at $2.6 million, bumped Carlo by about $750K to $3.5 million and gave Frederic a $100K bump to $874,000.Are the RFA included in the cap hits? Seems likely some money will be saved by replacing Ritchie and/or Kase with a bag of pucks.
I know opinions vary but this makes the Rask decision very easy, IMO, barring a very team-friendly deal. The talent level of the team is far more dependent on improving the forward group first and foremost. Some mix of good FA work and seeing what Frederic/Studnicka can do on the cheap? Shrug, the seeds of this offseason were planted 6 years ago so it’s not like there is magic overnight solution.
I’m curious why you say right up front you wouldn’t sign Reilly. He was one of the Bruins whose playoff performance topped his regular season performance, and he was very good with Carlo as a 2nd pair D man. Counting stat: Reilly was +3 in the 11 games of the playoffs. Every other defenseman was even or minus.
I don’t think a full overhaul is needed. Just move on from guys who have either injury issues or who are fungible, grab either a C or RW to slot into your middle 6, and a 2nd-pair D and I think this team is in really good shape. They looked bad the last two nights, but they were so dominant against WAS and in the first 4 games of the NYI series.
- Would not re-sign Reilly, Miller, Rask, Kuraly, Ritchie
- Re-sign Krejci & Hall if you get their combined number under $11M - I think I’d be willing to walk away quicker on Krejci and hope Coyle elevates playing with better talent, but it’s kind of a tough one b/c of how inconsistent Coyle is
- I don’t know what the fuck you do with Kase, but if you can get him for basically the QO and hope he stays healthy for more than 3 games, then I guess I do that
- Studnicka fills one of your empty slots up front
- Vaak fills one of your back-end slots
- Sign Halak or similar level backup for $2-3M
- Adam Larsson or David Savard for $4.5-5.5M
- Palmieri or Jaden Schwartz at $5-5.5M, move your 2nd and 3rd line pieces around as needed because other than Hall and Krejci, there’s no one worth definitely keeping in their current spot
- Fill in further depth spots as needed
Wait, what? He was awful in the 2nd round, frequently out of gas and immobile. I'm guessing he was very likely hurt, there were times it looked like he could barely pivot out there. He's not an automatic re-sign to me, I bet they can do better for the money.He was one of the Bruins whose playoff performance topped his regular season performance,
I thought he was easily pushed around in his own end and on offense, he lacked the space to operate effectively as he did in the regular season. I could see some team looking at his regular season numbers and the stats you mention in the postseason and giving him a contract bigger than I think the Bruins should pay for him. If they could pay him like a 3rd pair guy, I'd be fine, but I have a feeling someone is going to offer him $3.5-4M and I just don't think he's worth that kind of money when there are other holes to fill and I think you could get better players with more of a physical presence on D for similar money. I don't think he's a terrible player, just one that I don't think would be worth the contract it would take to sign him.I’m curious why you say right up front you wouldn’t sign Reilly. He was one of the Bruins whose playoff performance topped his regular season performance, and he was very good with Carlo as a 2nd pair D man. Counting stat: Reilly was +3 in the 11 games of the playoffs. Every other defenseman was even or minus.
Reilly as the 3rd pair LHD is an ideal scenario, in my opinion. He's a pretty good player with a good first past. The problem is they really need a better 2nd paid LHD and I don't really see that on the market. I re-sign everyone to the best possible deals and go for it next year knowing what a mess its going to be after that. I don't see any way Ekholm doesn't end up in Seattle, but if he doesn't, he is someone to target. 31, pending UFA - perfect for loading up for a run and would make that second pair extremely good and no long term commitment going into the 2022 UFA period where we find out if the bruins are going to be ok or suck for 5 + years .Yeah, Reilly as a cheap 3rd pair/depth guy is fine. Reilly as a top 4 is trouble.
Yeah he is what he is. Neither Z nor Krug were up to it so no hand-wringing about losing them either.The Bruins don't need a top 4D, they need a top 2 D to pair with McAvoy. Grzelcyk just isn't good enough for top pairing minutes, and lol at anyone (not necessarily here) suggesting he was replacing Krug's production this year. He tops out maybe as Carlo's partner on the 2nd pair imo.
He had more assists to the Islanders in Game 6 than he had points for the Bruins in the whole series.
Would they accept a Craig Smith? Same same. But different.I'd love him, but as you note, it's it's a pipe dream.
Even if we use the Seguin trade as a template, the Bruins don't currently have a Loui Eriksson or Reilly Smith to offer. We do have a bunch of Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow's though.