So here’s an idea of the forwards that still fit the bill for the Black and Gold with Ryder scratched off the list:
The dream candidate on Boston’s list because he has played with a Bruins-style mentality throughout his entire career. The belief is that a winning situation could spark the 35-year-old’s game. He’s got power-forward size, a mean streak that will fit in well with the Black and Gold and enough offensive ability to post 32 goals and 67 points last season. There’s little doubt that he’s slowed down in the morass that is the Calgary Flames, and he’s got only three goals along with a minus-3 rating in 18 games.
The 40-year-old Alfredsson is another Peter Chiarelli favorite after working closely with him while the Bruins GM was a part of the Ottawa Senators management team. While the Senators might not be in dealing mode if they keep adding onto their current five-game winning streak, it remains to be seen how much longer Ottawa can keep things up without Erik Karlsson, Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza healthy. Alfredsson has four goals and 11 points in 19 games while still averaging upwards of 18 minutes per night, and he put up 27 goals and 59 points last season. So there’s still plenty left in the tank for the Swedish captain particularly if the Cup becomes a distinct possibility. Like Iginla, Alfredsson’s contract will run out with his current team at the end of the year, so the price tag shouldn’t include anything from Boston’s current roster of players. If it does then the Bruins shouldn’t do it, but much of it comes down to Ottawa’s trajectory over the next month of hockey.
This is probably the most realistic of the names on the list because Weiss is not performing well in Florida. He was benched in the third period of last weekend’s game against the Bruins, and has one goal and four points along with a grotesque minus-11 in 14 games for the Panthers. The 29-year-old Weiss has averaged 23 goals and 55 points over the last three years in Florida, so the offensive ability is clearly there. But Weiss has also been a lifelong member of the Panthers organization, and that in itself is somewhat problematic.
There have been whispers that the high-priced, skilled Flyers forward is available as GM Paul Holmgren looks to shake up his team, and some think that the deal for Simon Gagne was a prelude to a bigger deal involving Briere. The 35-year-old Briere has 5 goals and 11 points for the Flyers in 14 games this season and holds a minus-3 rating, and he’s also been one of those players that underachieved at times during the regular season. Last season he had only 16 goals and 49 points in 70 games for Philadelphia, but Briere has always been a player that’s brought his best when the playoffs come around.
RUSLAN FEDOTENKO and TYLER KENNEDY
A pair of bottom-six forwards that could help bring grittiness and a little scoring ability to the third or fourth line as well as insurance should players go down with injuries. The 34-year-old Fedotenko only has a goal and four assists this season for the Flyers, but his value comes in the playoffs where he can give a big boost with opportunistic scoring and pesky play. He was a good soldier for the Rangers over the last few seasons when it came to playoff performance. Likewise Kennedy is a third line player also capable of popping in 20 goals per season, and Penguins GM Ray Shero recently called Kennedy out as “a player that [the Penguins] needed more out of.”