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10-07-2003, 10:52 AM
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Berard on the blue line?

The Boston Bruins have just revoked their previous offer of $1.8 million to Berard, which he had now indicated he would be interested in accepting. Anyone else think he's worth at least a $1.8 million offer from Lowe?

Even with his eye injury, Berard is a tremendous offensive defenseman who could be a key cog in the Oiler's powerplay and play a lot of minutes, taking some of the load off of Brewer. Last season he played 80 games in Boston, scoring 10g and 28a (compared to Brewer's last season totals of 80gp, 8g and 21a).

I'd feel pretty comfortable with the top six defensemen being Brewer, Berard, Semenov, Smith, Staios and Cross. Its a good mix of youth and experience, offensive and defensive players, and size.

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The Boston Bruins have just revoked their previous offer of $1.8 million to Berard, which he had now indicated he would be interested in accepting. Anyone else think he's worth at least a $1.8 million offer from Lowe?

Even with his eye injury, Berard is a tremendous offensive defenseman who could be a key cog in the Oiler's powerplay and play a lot of minutes, taking some of the load off of Brewer. Last season he played 80 games in Boston, scoring 10g and 28a (compared to Brewer's last season totals of 80gp, 8g and 21a).

I'd feel pretty comfortable with the top six defensemen being Brewer, Berard, Semenov, Smith, Staios and Cross. Its a good mix of youth and experience, offensive and defensive players, and size.
The Bruins have the right to match any offer within X% of his arbitration award. (X being something like 20%, but I'm not entirely sure that I'm accurate.)

The Bruins are playing hardball with Berard, but they'd instantly match the 1.8 figure if they had to. I will be shocked if he plays anywhere other than Boston this year.

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The Bruins have the right to match any offer within X% of his arbitration award. (X being something like 20%, but I'm not entirely sure that I'm accurate.)

The Bruins are playing hardball with Berard, but they'd instantly match the 1.8 figure if they had to. I will be shocked if he plays anywhere other than Boston this year.
I think it's around $2.05M that is the lower end of what teams can offer without a match from Boston. I wonder if Lowe could sign Berard for $2.2M and then sign him to a two year extension for $1.6M and $1.9M (ala Moreau). Three years at an average of $1.9M wouldn't be too bad. First year would be higher to allow for the arbitration rules, second year is low to allow for an averaging down effect, and the third year would be a bit higher as a good faith measure to Berard.

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The Bruins have the right to match any offer within X% of his arbitration award. (X being something like 20%, but I'm not entirely sure that I'm accurate.)

The Bruins are playing hardball with Berard, but they'd instantly match the 1.8 figure if they had to. I will be shocked if he plays anywhere other than Boston this year.
Yeah, they would have the option of matching a $1.8 million offer, but they are saying in the news that they no longer have the budget available to make that offer to Berard. I'd say its about 50/50 whether or not they would match that offer, as they could have him signed by now if they really wanted him in the lineup.

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I think we should go for it. A blue line of

Brewer - Berard
Smith -Semenov
Staois - Cross

Bergeron

That doesn't look too bad at all.

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I think we should go for it. A blue line of

Brewer - Berard
Smith -Semenov
Staois - Cross

Bergeron

That doesn't look too bad at all.
I like the look of that blueline, But I think we missed the boat on Tverdovsky

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I think it's around $2.05M that is the lower end of what teams can offer without a match from Boston. I wonder if Lowe could sign Berard for $2.2M and then sign him to a two year extension for $1.6M and $1.9M (ala Moreau). Three years at an average of $1.9M wouldn't be too bad. First year would be higher to allow for the arbitration rules, second year is low to allow for an averaging down effect, and the third year would be a bit higher as a good faith measure to Berard.
Clever!

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Yeah, they would have the option of matching a $1.8 million offer, but they are saying in the news that they no longer have the budget available to make that offer to Berard. I'd say its about 50/50 whether or not they would match that offer, as they could have him signed by now if they really wanted him in the lineup.
We'll agree to disagree. I think that Boston is basically putting the screws to him...I think that the budget would "magically" increase if they had match an offer.

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Sign Berard with some of the money that we have thanks to no Comrie - and then trade Comrie for a first rounder, or some great prospects or something! Some Oilers magic perhaps could suck out a career year for him and we'd have a guy that would eliminate the need for Bergeron. Berard would REALLY make our blueline look REALLY solid!

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A guy that can really play top 4 minutes would sure help me sleep better at night. Right now I am not at all convinced.

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