Ryan Spooner’s emergence will force the Bruins hand
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Torey Krug and Reilly
Smith signed their extensions today, which is good news for Bruins fans who
wanted these players back. While the move clarifies a bit more about the Bruins’
offseason cap structure, there are still quite a few unknowns.
The biggest unknown is
Carl Soderberg. Do Krug and Smith’s extensions spell the end of Carl’s time in
Let’s do a little
This is the Bruins
roster as it stands for next year (players that are under contract):
Milan Lucic (6.000) –
David Krejci (7.250) – David Pastrnak (0.925)
Carl Soderberg (3-4/yr range) - Contract Comparisons:
Martin Hanzal, David Desharnais, Kyle Turris
Gregory Campbell –
Probably not re-signing
Daniel Paille –
Probably not re-signing
Adam McQuaid – I think
he prices himself out of Boston
Matt Bartkowski – Probably
If the salary cap
modestly increases to 71 million, then in this potential scenario, not signing
Carl Soderberg would put the Bruins at around 69 million, leaving little room
to sign a top 4 defensemen.
Though Carl Soderberg’s
potential departure may seem like a big loss, Ryan Spooner’s recent emergence may
suggest that may not be the case. Spooner has improved his game significantly
and seems to be ready for a role in the NHL. This may have prompted the Bruins
to be more courageous in giving out these extensions, knowing that there will
be a solid replacement for Soderberg. Without Spooner, the Bruins may have been
more inclined to sign Soderberg any way they can.
If the Bruins really wanted
to re-sign Soderberg, they could find a way to make it happen. There are no
bonus overage penalties expected for next year, and there are plenty of contracts
on the team without a trade/movement clause. They can move pieces around to accommodate for him. Will the Bruins want to?
Ultimately, while the
cap is a problem for the Bruins, it’s not the reason Soderberg will be
leaving the Bruins. It’s Ryan Spooner’s emergence and potential that will have
them saying goodbye to the Swede.
I expect a trade or two
to be made in the offseason to clear even more cap space, but I don’t see the
Bruins re-signing Carl Soderberg next year, unless the Bruins decide they don’t’
like Spooner and trade him instead. I wouldn’t rule that out completely,
whether it may seem crazy or not.
More than likely, however, Spooner
will be the 3rd line center for the Bruins in 2015-2016. That’s my
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