By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on July 31, 2014
While this offseason was tough for the Boston Bruins, next year could be devastating to the future of the team. With players getting older and others seeking extensions with bumps in pay, the Bruins need to be prepared for a costly summer. If the front office handles this correctly they will keep the core together and swap some supporting players a la the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.
No one can discredit what Chara means to this team as his arrival in 2006 led to a culture change that culminated with the team winning the 2011 Stanley Cup. Having said that, paying an almost 40-year-old defenseman nearly $ 7 million is definitely not ideal. When Chara’s decline begins it will come fast, as he played an obscene amount of minutes during his time in Boston, which has surely taken a toll on his 6-foot- 9 frame.
For all of Lucic’s unique talents, sometimes he is simply more trouble than he is worth. His cap hit is one of those troubles as he is making $ 6 million per year through 2016. In order to keep other core members of the team, the Bruins may have to trade the fan favorite.
The righty shooting defenseman will demand a hefty raise that will be in the territory of what Brooks Orpik got from the Washington Capitals this summer. The Bruins could trade him before that, but either way he will almost assuredly price himself out of Boston.
The “Angry One-Eyed Swede” has emerged as a legit NHL player and will seek a raise. Given the lengths the Bruins went to in order to bring Soderberg over they’d love to keep him, but versatile forwards with size and amazing ability do not come cheap.
The Bruins will exhaust all means to lock the center up long-term, but the Czech star will be looking for a raise. A contract worth $ 7.5 million per season is not out of the question, and he could very well price his way out of Boston.
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