Unless the Bruins plan on dealing two of Boychuk, Kelly or Peverley, there is absolutely no way the Bruins will be able to compete with the offers from every other team for Perry on the UFA market and still be able to ice a full roster.
Boychuk may not be a 10 in everything he does but he is a great fit for this team. I can never understand why people here are so ready to dump him whenever these questions come up.
I agree. He's a great fit on the team. He might have gotten a bit too generous of a contract, but that's pretty much the going rate for a reliable mid-pairing guy. He logs important minutes and is probably not as easily replaced as some might think.
Let's see what kind of seasons everyone has before we gut the team and bring in potential UFAs. I know people are really hard on the Lucic/Krejci/Horton line, and I understand that, but the Bruins aren't a team that needs a de jure first line that scores every single night. I've found this line to play better than I expected them to, and I assume most of my negative expectations came from spending too much time here.
Not saying you should never upgrade if you can, but it's way too soon to be assessing this.
Also, if Subban does eventually make it, don't count on a goalie trade. People talked for years about moving one of Thomas or Rask (usually Thomas) when they were both playing like #1 goalies. They never did and they weren't going to. We're years away from this situation with Subban, but you can't have enough depth at goaltender, so don't be foreseeing any kind of Rask trade if he keeps playing this way, no matter how Khudobin/Svedberg/Subban et al can perform in the future.
I would think not, we need to give our players raises that might cover the cap raise, we are in a very rare spot we could retain the same 10 forwards and 4-5D #1 goalie for the next 5 years, PC has done an amazing job to get us to this point, our top six is set Horton just gells with our team Perry is better sure but Horton has the chemistry.
No one has addressed if we can use the extra $4M if Savard is on LTIR?
Even with Savard on LTIR at the beginning of the season, the Bruins will still only have $12,618,333 with 7 roster spots to fill (accounting for all players who are on guaranteed NHL contracts) if the cap stays at $64.3 million next season.