Gorbachav55 Posted August 8, 2022 Report Share Posted August 8, 2022 I feel like it was time to start a new thread now that we're in August. I'll start it off with the news that Patrice Bergeron re-signed in Boston. $2.5 million base salary with another $2.5 million in eligible bonuses. A couple things on this: 1. This has to be the last gasp for the Bruins, right? They finally stumbled a bit last year (although it was still a very good season), the division's getting better (I expect Ottawa and Detroit both to be 10 - 15 points better and those points have to come from somewhere), and the Bruins are getting so old. They've got McAvoy, who's still somehow only 24, and Pastrnak at 26, but most of their prominent players are over 30. Some of them are WELL over 30. They're still good, but they could fall off a cliff fast. 2. Speaking of Pastrnak, it will be interesting to see what happens there. He hasn't signed a new deal yet and he's a UFA after this season. Do the Bruins trade him for a king's ransom at the deadline and start a rebuild? Do they hang onto him and try to build the next good Bruins team around him? If they do trade him, does the team trading for him look to sign him to an extension immediately? Obviously it's a huge longshot, but I would love to see the Ducks get him for their top line RW. He's so good. I don't know if it's a good idea for the Ducks to try to trade for him, but I could see whoever gets him asking for the chance to negotiate an extension. 2b. I really want the Bruins to suck this year and start a rebuild. I do feel a little bad for Hampus, but screw the Bruins. I want Marchand playing for a last place team. 3. Has anyone gotten luckier with their contracts than the Bruins? Pastrnak at $6.7, Marchand at $6.1, Bergeron at $6.8 until this season when he'll be at $5 (including bonus). That's three Hart-level players for under $20 million. 4. Speaking of contracts, how does the bonus money work? The Bruins are about $2.3 under the cap still needing to sign Zacha to a new contract as an RFA. If Bergeron earns all of his bonus money, does that come out of next year's cap? I forget how that works. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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