Why the pathetic whining over posting a Bruins topic? There are too many short guys who wanna be policemen here. Bergeron is bagged. One goalie is gone. Lucic would be happy with 2 mill(He is amazing). It is the habs overpaying for nonperformance. Kessel is becoming a star.
Hopefully the Bruins overpay Thomas based on the career year he's having. Otherwise, I think they'll be fine next year. Money saved from Fernandez and Axelsson's contracts should offset much of the RFA's raises. IMO, the real trouble for the Bruins starts when Savard's bargain of a contract runs out after next season.
like he has a choice... especially him , bear blood going arround his body , no way he complains, no way he leaves.
Bergeron or fernandez could be traded .... for a halak type of guy + 1rst rounder. (not halak , but a similar player , again , not halak, but a similar player)
can't lose kessel and kreci ... they will do whatever they can to hold on to them.
but in the end , tukka rask and fernandez ... 7.5 m ... pretty sure that's where they'll cut.
As already pointed out, Rask's salary is only $850K, not $3M. Fernandez will surely be traded before the deadline and Rask will become Thomas's backup. However, it's unlikely that any GM would trade a prospect plus a first for Fernandez, who's about to become a UFA. Sturm and Axelsson can be unloaded. In short, the cap won't be a problem for the Bruins in 2009-10.
You can't renegociate a contract... by your logic, Price could hold-out a want 6mil per season...
They are in a much better shape than us for next year, the core of the team is signed...
The only real question mark is Kessel, but they'll be able to trade away players to fit him in...
We, on the other hand, have a ton of UFAs and I still don't understand why Gainey hasn't sign Komisarek and Koivu (or at least negociated)...
If he's not carefull, we'll be the Buffalo Sabres v2.0
Habs are in the best situation for next year, cap wise.
I actually think Bob Gainey is genius here. An extra $20 million to maneuver over a team like Boston is huge.
The only guy we MUST sign is Komisarek IMO.
The rest of the free agents are aging including my namesake Koivu, sadly.
Recessionary times, I don't see teams throwing around tons of money at the Aging Hab Free Agents. Plus they don't have the cap space to do so even if they wanted to.
I think some of them (if Gainey still wants them) can be signed for much less money.
It gives Gainey options, the Bruins will have very little, that was my point.
Gainey will have $$$ to sign some free agents from other teams, including the cap space to make a trade for a couple of good blue chippers from a Financially struggling team like Phoenix etc.
That $20 million extra will open up a lot of doors.
And in Gainey I trust!