I apologize for my absence from B@TG guys.
My internet broke down, due to exhaustion from all of Don Sweeney’s Activities over the past week or two. Time Warner Cable takes forever to repair your dang internet, btw.
Anyhow, I thought it was way too late to write a Free Agency overview, because the big day is long gone, and there isn’t much left, to be honest.
I thought I should play GM for the night, and discuss the futures of the lines for our Boston Bruins.
First, let’s round up our Key Additions and Subtractions.
Our Additions: Jimmy Hayes (via Florida), Matt Beleskey (via Anaheim from Free Agency), Zac Rinaldo aka “The New Shit Bidet” (via Philadelphia), and Colin Miller (via Los Angeles)
Our Subtractions: Reilly Smith (to Florida), Milan Lucic (to Los Angeles), Dougie Hamilton (to Calgary), Carl Soderberg (to Colorado), Matt Bartkowski (to Vancouver), David Warsofsky (to Pittsburgh), Gregory Campbell aka “The Shit Bidet” (to Columbus), and Marc Savard’s Contract (to Florida).
AND we look at players from Minor League, who have the possibility of gaining a roster spot for opening day.
For this, I looked at players who gave us something to look at. Ones that showed great offensive/defensive qualities, and really showed what they got this past season. Certain players, like Zach Trotman, are under a one way contract this coming season, which is something to point out.
Players to Watch: Seth Griffith, Brian Ferlin, Alex Khokhlachev, Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman, Jeremy Smith, Zane McIntyre, Chris Breen, Joonas Kemppainen, Colin Miller.
NEXT, we look at what we need to gain, from what may be left from free agency.
and that’s basically a top 4 D-Man and a back up Goaltender.
because we had to trade away Martin Jones.
who I think looks like Dwight’s Brother Mose from The Office.
AM I RIGHT?
ITS DEPTH CHART TIME.
obviously, we LOVE centers.
Our Weak spots are: Left Wing and Defense.
Once I put all of our goaltenders in the chart, we actually do have quite a bit of depth. The question, however, it wondering if any of them will be NHL material.
annnnnndddd it obviously didn’t work well for Subban this past February.
Our Centers have a lot of depth, and bodies. Bergeron, Krejci, and Spooner will obviously be playing Centers next season. Kelly and Talbot (who I forgot to mention) both play another position than just center. Kelly, will most likely be moved to Left Wing, because there isn’t enough LW otherwise.
Our Rookies in the Center include Griffith, Kemppainen, and Khokhlachev. Two of them saw NHL action last season, and the name that pops out to me is Seth Griffith. Griffith played in 30 games, scored 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists), and we all remember those two goals? Yep. I sure do.
Defense is kind of in the same boat as goaltending. We have a lot of bodies, we just have to see if they are ready for NHL Action in October.
I re-organized the depth chart here, to show you guys what the roster might look like in the end.
I still can’t decide between Smith or McIntyre for backup G, cause I like both, but neither of them have seen NHL action, so we will wait and see.
My defense pairings are not final, we will wait until after Training Camp to analyze these.
Also, we played with two extra forwards last season, so don’t judge my abundance of Forwards.
What do you want me to play GM to next? Let me know down in the comments or on twitter! (@bruinsatgahden).
Be prepared for a 2 week absence starting on Sunday July 12th. I will be heading to UMass Summer Pre-College for Sport Management!
see you in october!