6 Ways To Address Boston Bruins’ Right Wing Problems
6 Ways To Address Boston Bruins' Right Wing Problems
The Boston Bruins' right wing has been a thorn in the team's side during the regular season and now during this offseason. Through departures, trades and letting players go, there is a deficit in the right side, especially the third line. Jerome Iginla and Loui Erikson have been great offseason additions for the team and will likely slot into the first two lines well. However, there is still work that needs to be done this offseason before everyone gets back on the ice.
The third line has always been a constant challenge to address. The first, second and fourth have had great chemistry and work well together, but the third line has lacked the chemistry and results. Rich Peverly and Tyler Seguin were never a natural fit for the part of the ice and were sometimes unable to deal with the physical play and grittiness required from a lower line. Seguin was put on the third line for most of the playoffs due to poor performance and possibly his lack of effort. That means that the next player to fill this role will have fit into the Bruins style of play and be hungry to play.
The Bruins now have to be on the lookout for a right wing player. Currently, it is unclear what path the Bruins GM Peter Chiraelli and coach Claude Julien will take to fix it. Here are a few of the ways the Bruins will look to find a solution to the problem.
Tim N. is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @timnikolou
Rotate From AHL
It is highly unlikely that this will happen, but there is always a chance that it could. If there appears to be no real solution, then players from the AHL maybe rotated in until one sticks or can prove himself better than the other. Its not a crazy idea since it happened for Torey Krug in the playoffs, but not something to count on.
Trade for a Winger
If none of the free agents look appealing for Boston, then GM Peter Chiarelli may look towards a trade. It is unlikely that fans will be happy considering the backlash over the Tyler Seguin trade. Expect management to lay low and not make any waves.
Sign Brenden Morrow
Although the left wing is his natural position, it would not be too much of a problem for him to switch sides. He would be a good third line player and could help with the penalty kill.
Sign Teemu Selanne
It appears unlikely that he would be heading to the Boston with enough age currently on the right side. He will bring experience and leadership wherever he goes, but it is doubtful he would end up in Boston and willingly play on the third line.
Bring Back Jaromir Jagr
The veteran winger is one of the best free agents on the market, but he might come back to Boston according to some recent comments. He makes up for his age with experience, ability to hold the puck and fitness levels. However, it is unclear if he will be able to handle a full season this time around. Youth may be favored instead.
Promote Jordan Caron
This would be the best option for the Bruins moving forward. They would not have to chew up more cap space signing a new player and would finally be giving a chance to a player who has been waiting two years for one. He has an impressive record in the AHL and looks poised to finally enter into the squad full time. He is hungry to play and prove himself.