Bruins still have moves to make

General manager Peter Chiarelli says his Boston Bruins are on “the eve” of having star center Marc Savard (and his $4 million salary-cap hit) back in the lineup — and Marco Sturm is not far behind. So Chiarelli finally started his cap-clearing purge Monday.

Chiarelli needed to clear $1.1 million in space to fit Savard under the $59.4 million salary cap, and by trading Matt Hunwick and his $1.4 million cap hit to Colorado for prospect Colby Cohen, he did that and more, gaining $300,000 in cap space. Now he must find a way to make room for Sturm, which will mean clearing approximately $3.2 million in cap space.

According to multiple sources, the Bruins in recent weeks have tried unsuccessfully to move forward Michael Ryder ($4 million cap hit) and also are offering up forward Daniel Paille ($1 million cap hit). A source on Tuesday night told ESPNBoston.com that Paille may very well be moved within the next week or two, but that still would leave $2.2 million to come off the books.

While the big question is who will be the next salary-cap victim, another valid question is what changes should Chiarelli make to get the Bruins out of their current funk.

Boston is 1-3-1 in its past five games and allowed the first goal in each of those contests. In a conference call with the media after the Hunwick trade, Chiarelli acknowledged that he is not happy with the way his team is playing, admitting that he and his staff are in the process of evaluating what has suddenly gone wrong for a team that started off so well in October.

“I have been disappointed,” the general manager said. “It’s hard enough winning when you don’t score the first goal, but when you’re spotting a team two or three goals, you’re playing a different game. And momentum is so big in this game. We have to figure out what is going on, whether it’s from a personnel perspective or otherwise, and we’re going to continue to do that.

“When we play the way we’re capable of playing, it’s actually a very good game and it’s a type of game that we’d envisioned for this team. We’re faster. We’re not ultra quick, but we work for our speed and part of that is our system. And when we stray off of that, it falls apart.

“But from the same token, we have to get better specialty teams and we have to execute better. It’s part of the process and we will continue to try to figure it out and do better.”

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28 Responses to Bruins still have moves to make

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think it could be more interesting than some people think for the B's to clear space while still remaining competitive. Guys off injuries especially long term do not always play well right away. And as good as he is and I am not saying it to be rude, how healthy is savard? How many big hits can he take? I hope for his sake he is alright.

  2. reinjosh says:

    Look's like some trades are finally being made. Hunwick, now Hannan for Fleicshmann.

    I think both teams win from this deal. Fleicshmann helps replaces some of the scoring lost when Stewart went down. Hannan gives the Capitals the shutdown guy they have wanted for a while.

    Here's the thing though. This gives Colorado a lower payroll and they already had a low payroll. Capgeek projects them to have a cap hit UNDER the salary floor. They aren't the only team eitehr. Atlanta is also projected to be under the cap floor by the end of the season. I will be interested to see how the NHL deals with this.

  3. nordiques100 says:

    i feel ready to barf reading that someone stole valuables that belonged to Pat Burns hours after his funeral.

    What a disgrace. That is just sick.

  4. dumbassdoorman says:

    I agree totally, was floored to read about it. Thieves are classless as it is but this is really low.

  5. dumbassdoorman says:

    Seems like a good trade for both, i think he will be a good pick up for the Avs. I also wonder how they will deal with the under cap scenerio. I guess both teams could buy contracts so to speak? But i think the NHL will have no choice but to send a message here.

  6. Boston_Bruins says:

    So basically they move Ryder, or Sturm, or Paille and Wheeler.

    If they move Ryder:

    Lucic-Krejci-Horton
    Wheeler-Savard-Seguin
    Sturm-Bergeron-Recchi
    Marchand-Campbell-Thornton
    Caron

    If they move Sturm:

    Lucic-Krejci-Horton
    Ryder-Savard-Seguin
    Wheeler-Bergeron-Recchi
    Marchand-Campbell-Thornton
    Caron

    If they move Wheeler and Paille:

    Lucic-Krejci-Horton
    Ryder-Savard-Seguin
    Sturm-Bergeron-Recchi
    Marchand-Campbell-Thornton
    Caron

    I'd move Wheeler and Paille. Paille becomes useless no matter what the situation, so you might as well move him. And Wheeler could get you the best return out of all the players listed.

    I'd like to see Caron in the line-up but I'm not sure where he'd go.

  7. Boston_Bruins says:

    *Caron would get sent to the minors for the first two scenarios as there's no point in him sitting, and Paille wouild be the 13th forward. I guess you'd bring McGrattan to sit for the third scenario.

  8. reinjosh says:

    What type of return do you think Wheeler could get?
    Would you move Ryder to the Leafs?

  9. reinjosh says:

    I would imagine that any Ryder deal would be Ryder for some sort of prospect.

  10. Boston_Bruins says:

    I don't like the idea of trading with the Leafs this year if it helps them out in the short term because of that pick. Because it most likely would be for a prospect, it would definitely favour the Leafs in the short term anyways, which is what the Bruins don't want.

    I really have no idea what Wheeler could get. Realistically I could see a 2nd rounder or maybe a good but not great prospect or something. I was pretty surprised to get that good of a prospect for Hunwick when teams knew Chia had to free up cap space, so I'm setting myself up to be pleasantly surprised.

  11. BluesMan10 says:

    I'll post this again on this forum:

    I would offer up Jay McClement and Matt D'Agostini ($2 million dollars)

    For Blake Wheeler and Marco Sturm ($5.7 million dollars)

    We have more than enough cap space and adding a good scorer like Sturm would be a nice boost and make us into contenders.

    Boyes – MacDonald – Backes
    Steen – Berglund – Sturm
    Wheeler – Winchester – Crombeen
    Porter – Sobotka – Janssen

    Then once we get Oshie and Perron back….

    Boyes – MacDonald – Backes
    Perron – Oshie – Sturm
    Wheeler – Berglund – Steen
    Crombeen – Winchester – Janssen

    I know we're getting the better players overall, but Boston gets two guys who can still help out right now, and more importantly they get cap space. What do you Bruins fans think of that trade?

  12. futurebruin says:

    I'd really like the Bruins to trade Wheeler and Paille, waive Sturm and Ryder, and somehow manage to put together a package for James Neal and Keith Yandle.  I personally want to see packages like this, even though in reality they would probably get laughed at.

    Ryder, Sturm to Providence

    To Whoever Will Take Him: Daniel Paille
    To BOS: 4th in 2010, 5th in 2010

    To DAL: Blake Wheeler, Jordan Caron, 1st in 2012 (BOS)
    To BOS: James Neal

    To PHX: Adam McQuaid, Steve Kampfer, Maxime Sauve, 1st in 2011 (TOR)
    To BOS: Keith Yandle

    Thoughts?

  13. dumbassdoorman says:

    I guess you can never say never, but in no way do I see the Yotes trading Yandle. He is on the verge of being a very special player. Plus you are adding two guys who one year after another are going to be in for raises and probably big ones at that. If they make 5 mil plus now, what are you going to do cap wise when they get raises? It could cause a major dismatling of your team. Plus I see neither player being moved without adding Colborne for sure.

  14. futurebruin says:

    Which players are going to get raises?  Wheeler may get another 500K but that's about it.  McQuaid is currently making 45,000 for the next two years, Sauve, is, well I'm not sure when his entry level deal expires, but unless he starts doing something special, he won't get very much, Kampfer just signed an entry level deal, Caron is in the first true year of his.  You're probably right about Colborne, but it could get done without moving him.  Anything's possible, I guess.

  15. coyotes_bettman says:

    I wouldn't trade McClement next to Polak he's the most underrated Blues player in the Organization!

    Jay McClement is a solid and spectacular player who I really learned to appreciate during their series against Vancouver.
  16. dumbassdoorman says:

    Yandle has his contract expire after this season and will get a huge raise from the 1.3 mil he is making. Benn is due for one the year after and will also get a raise from the 2.875 he is making. Yandle will get more of a raise then Benn, plus he is only two years from UFA status, so he may not want to sign a long deal trying to cash in. I guess all I am saying is getting these two if possible will result in a huge cap hit withen two seasons.

  17. dumbassdoorman says:

    UMMMMMM……lol….I meant Neal…my bad

  18. dumbassdoorman says:

    Rumor has them putting Sturm on waivers, I don't think he clears just a matter of who grabs him. Thoughts on waive or trade?

  19. futurebruin says:

    In any other cir*****stance, Sturm could probably fetch a decent return.  But the Bruins' cap situation combined with Sturm's bad knees makes him a failry unattractive asset.  Plus, Sturm will block any trade the Bruins set up.  Chiarelli has tried multiple times over the years to trade Marco but he's always invoked his NTC because he likes Boston and he likes the direction the team is heading in.  My best guess would be a wild card propsect or a late pick.

  20. reinjosh says:

    I would imagine that if he hits waivers, the Leafs put a claim in on him. At the very least he gives us some more scoring and some veteran leadership on forward. I guess it would depend on his relationship with Kessel during their Bruins time though.

    Only issue is NYI might also want him if he hits waivers.

  21. BluesMan10 says:

    He's so hot and cold though. He plays great one night, and then disapears for 5 games. I think McClement and Wheeler are one in the same.

  22. BluesMan10 says:

    Toronto doesn't have a very old team. Burke seems to want young guys on that roster so I think they would pass on Sturm. I think he would be better suited for a team that would have a chance to make a run in the playoffs. St.Louis could use him for sure. His speed would be perfect on a line with any of our guys, MacDonald, Steener, Boyes, Oshie, Berglund, I think that Sturm would fit right in and we have more than enough cap space.

    I just hope that if he is put on waivers that he makes it that far.

  23. nordiques100 says:

    at the same time it would be a low risk move for Toronto.

    He comes in and maybe contributes, he could be flipped for an asset near the trade deadline where his contract would be minimal but his value higher.

    if he doesn't play well, his contract is over, they cut ties and that's that.

  24. dumbassdoorman says:

    I agree I don't see him making it past the Leafs, Burke will grab him and hope he helps score. The Isles may or may not grab him, but i think money will be an issure for the, they don't like to spend it.

  25. nordiques100 says:

    the Isles sent down Josh Bailey for financial reasons.

    he reached a point where his next game would put him on the list of players whom they cannot send up and down without clearing waivers.

    i believe if he stays, the Isles gain one more year of eligibility where he is not subjected to waivers.

    and they're of course paying him much less now and he is not subjected to bonuses.

    so they're a pretty frugal team and thus i agree they wont be after Sturm.

    that of course doesn't mean toronto will be either, but paying 3 plus for him is worth more than Finger.

    and besides, the Isles are too busy fighting with Bloggers.

  26. BluesMan10 says:

    If you're a nordiques fan, I'm assuming you're an Avs fan. As of right now we're a point behind you in the standings, if we're still behind you when/if Sturm is put on waivers I think we'd make a play for him. Both our teams have cap space.

    Of course everyone seems to think that Toronto will go after him, and I agree they could use the offense, which is why I hope that Larry makes a trade for Sturm. He used to be a great player before injuries, he was a first line player.

  27. nordiques100 says:

    Leafs fan actually. did like Stastny though.

    By Larry you mean JD/Doug Armstrong correct? Larry Pleau stepped down a little while ago.

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