Mats Zuccarello Could Add Speed To Boston Bruins’ Third Line
Although the Boston Bruins have extremely minimal cap space and GM Peter Chiarelli has made it known that he does not plan to make any big moves this offseason, New York Rangers‘ Mats Zuccarello would bring a lot to the squad.
Partially due to the B’s financial limitations and partially due to head coach Claude Julien wanting to retain chemistry, the majority of the Bruins roster will return next season. Question marks at the end of the 2014 season included unrestricted free agents Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton, and while Thornton was recently released, the B’s are meanwhile trying to entice Iginla to return to Boston for one more run at the Cup.
If Iginla does not choose to re-sign with the B’s, Milan Lucic and David Krejci are going to need a winger. Assuming the line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith stays intact, the Bruins will only have a few holes to fill on the bottom units.
Chiarelli made it a point to say that the move to part ways with Thornton was in an effort to gain speed on the wing. Now, the Bruins have youngsters down in Providence who can add quickness and grit to the fourth-line, but they are still lacking depth up front.
When the B’s brought home the Cup in 2011, they had guys like Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley who could grind it out with the best of them but could also finish like an All-Star; and they were fast.
With Zuccarello you get a similar style of play. Although he may not be as physical, he makes that up with his hands and agility.
Zuccarello is a restricted free agent, and you can imagine head coach Alain Vigneault wants to keep him on his squad. But he would look really good in a B’s sweater.