Could the Bruins be looking to deal Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly or Seguin?
The Bruins will have to take measures to re-sign Horton and Rask. They might have to place Savard on long-term injured reserve, which would allow them to exceed the cap by his $4,007,143 annual hit. That might not be enough. The Bruins might have to trim salary.
Bottom-six forwards Rich Peverley ($3.25 million annual hit) and Chris Kelly ($3 million) could be moved to clear space. Peverley is the more likely trade candidate of the two. He had a disappointing season. The versatile forward had 6 goals and 12 assists during the regular season, then 2 goals and no assists in the playoffs.
Clubs have inquired about Peverley’s availability before. His speed and shot could make him a top-six forward on clubs with thinner rosters. Peverley is good on faceoffs, plays center and wing, and sees ice time on the power play and penalty kill.
The brassier move would be dealing Seguin. The No. 2 pick from 2010 boasts speed and a shot that should make him a first-line threat. But Seguin’s hockey sense and battle level have not developed in line with his skill.
It is a high-risk consideration that would be out of character for Chiarelli. Seguin is 21, and he may “get it,” just like ex-Bruin Phil Kessel.
The Bruins don’t have many holes. Defensemen Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski, and Torey Krug will push for varsity spots. Ryan Spooner could see his chance up front. Svedberg should take over for Khudobin as Rask’s backup.