Offseason Plans: Boston Bruins (Re-Do)

I’m going to break my MO here. After the heartbreaking collapse and loss to Philadelphia, I’ve been relentlessly trying to come up with a lineup that fits the mold of the Bruins, but could also bring alittle more success than this past year did. After weeks of painfully reliving the experience trying to find out what went wrong, this is what I’ve come up with.

Key Resigns:
Dennis Seidenberg 2yr/$5.5M (2.75 Cap Hit)
Johnny Boychuk 4yr/$6M (1.5 Cap Hit)

Seidenberg was a beast after coming to Boston from Florida at the Trade Deadline. He combined with Zdeno Chara to form one of the deadliest defensive pairs of the season. They completely shut down the other teams’ offenses and didn’t give up many goals. Boychuk was the pleasant surprise of the season (Matt Hunwick being his predecessor). Making the team as the 7th defenseman and being a healthy scratch until injuries forced the team’s hand and got him into the lineup. His style of play made him a quick fan favorite, and it’s hard to see the Bruins letting him go.

June 25, Draft Day:
Select Tyler Seguin 2nd Overall

To STL: Zdeno Chara , Matt Hunwick
To BOS: Alex Pietrangelo , David perron , Lars Eller , 2nd in 2010 (44th Overall)

To FLA: 1st in 2010 (15th overall), 2nd in 2010 (45th overall), 3rd in 2010 (82nd overall), 1st in 2011 (TOR), 2nd in 2011 (MIN)
To BOS: 1st in 2010 (3rd overall)

Select Erik Gudbranson 3rd Overall
Select Kevin Hayes 32nd Overall
Select Charlie Coyle 44th Overall
Select Connor Brickley 75th Overall

To NSH: Michael Ryder
To BOS: 3rd in 2010 (78th overall)

To ANA: Dennis Wideman
To BOS: 2nd in 2011 (ANA)

Free Agency, July 1:
Re-Sign Sobotka 2yr/$2M
Re-Sign Stuart 4yr/$10M (2.5 Cap Hit)
Sign David Clarkson 3yr/$7.5M (2.5 Cap Hit)
Sign David Perron 3yr/$7.05M (2.35 Cap Hit)
Sign Alex Pietrangelo 3yr/$3.9M
Re-Sign Mark Recchi 1yr/$1M

Lineup:

(4.1) Milan Lucic – Marc Savard (4.2) – Tyler Seguin (3.65)

(2.5) David Clarkson – David Krejci (3.75) – David Perron (2.35)

(1.0) Vladmir Sobotka – Patrice Bergeron (4.75) – Mark Recchi (1.0)

(0.822) Brad Marchand – Joe Colborne (1.1) – Jordan Caron (1.1)

13th FWD: Maxim Sauve (0.875)

(2.75) Dennis Seidenberg – Johnny Boychuk (1.5)

(2.5) Mark Stuart – Erik Gudbranson (3.15)

(1.3) Alex Pietrangelo – Andrew Ference (2.25)

7th D: Steve Kampfer (0.852)

(1.25) Tuukka Rask

(5.0) Tim Thomas

Peter Schaeffer Buyout (0.767)

Total:$52.516M (46.782 w/ Bonus Cushion)

Captaincy:
Captain: Patrice Bergeron
Alternate Captain: Marc Savard
Alternate Captain: Mark Recchi
Alternate Captain: David Krejci, Mark Stuart, Milan Lucic (depending on the lineup)

Feel free to leave any thoughts, advice, or even criticism.