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).
How does this trade not make sense. Let me count the ways . . .
On Thursday night, just as I was preparing to head out for a short vacation, I came across my colleague Jim Matheson’s article about a possible Jason Spezza for Dustin Penner , Andrew Cogliano and Ladi Smid trade.
Matheson wrote about the pros and cons of such a deal, not arguing strongly for it or against it, but he certainly made it sound like the trade was a possibility.
SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL has offered Ilya Kovalchuk a $42M, 3-year contract (which makes its $14M per year), as reported by Russian newspaper Sport-Express.
By Kevin Allen, USA TODAY
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