Could the Bruins move Bergeron?
One Eastern Conference front office man noted that because of some of the contracts the Bruins are locked into (Savard , Ryder , Tim Thomas , Dennis Wideman , Andrew Ference ), moving Bergeron could be a wild-card option. Bergeron , who carries a $4.75 million annual cap hit, will be an unrestricted free agent after 2010-11. On July 1, a no-trade clause will go into effect for Bergeron. Given the strength of Bergeron’s two-way game, he could bring an offensive-minded winger in trade.
“He is what he is,’’ said the executive regarding Bergeron’s offensive potential, citing his age (he will turn 25 July 24).
To trade Bergeron , arguably the team’s best all-around player in 2009-10, would be a high-risk move. While the return could be a top-six wing, Bergeron is a team leader who is a favorite of Julien’s because of his ability to fill multiple roles. While the Bruins would be wary of giving Bergeron a significant raise, the sentiment around the organization is that they would prefer to extend the center instead of trading him or letting him walk after next season
But with the lineup shortcomings the team faces and the playoff loss to Philadelphia still causing heads to shake, few scenarios are considered outlandish.