The Boston Bruins season has been done for some time now. The LA Kings won the Stanley Cup last night versus the New York Rangers. What's next for the B's?
Rumors have surfaced of late the Bruins are in deep negotiations with Forward Jarome Iginla, a player the Bruins can ill-afford to lose. Coming on the fairly cheap last season, Iggy scored 30 goals for the B's on the their top-line. The scoring punch they had lacked in years past. It seems that the feeling is mutual between the two but the Bruins will still have a hard time as the there will still be plenty of suitors looking for a cheap, aging veteran who can put the puck in the net, something Iginla is no stranger to. If the B's plan to keep him, they need to step up to the plate and they need to do it soon. This may be his last chance to land a decent deal and it may be his last chance to hoist Lord Stanley. I think Bruin's pony up a little cash and resign him, know what he brings to the table. a 2-year $8-10 Million dollar deal may be enough to lure him back.
Another report surfaced earlier in the day yesterday, saying the Bruin's are sending out feelers for Winger Brad Marchand. A potential deal has him landing in San Jose for Forward Patrick Marleau. Marchand was a ghost of himself in the playoffs this past year. Some of his antics may also be ruffling some Boston feather's as well, taking senseless penalties at crucial times in games, not putting the puck in the net, and struggling to play within the team concept. While general manager Peter Chiarelli has said all the right things about Marchand, going out of his way to defend him and tell the media that he is not on the block, it still has to make you wonder if this deal may have legs. If you can recall, he praised budding star forward Tyler Seguin's play, to only ship him in a huge deal for forward Loui Ericsson days later. I believe if the Bruin's want to make noise this offseason, you still keep Marchand on your roster. He's still very young and still a very serviceable player on your roster. You can't replace 30 goal potential. He will only get better with age, a guy his size with his skill set has to.
I don't think B's need to do too much this offseason, to be honest. They need to get healthy on the defensive side of things, first and foremost. Struggling to keep the puck away from Tuukka Rask front side was difficult enough this season with Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid going down. Dougie Hamilton made plenty of strides and Torey Krug built off his playoff performance two season's ago. A restricted free agent in his own right, Krug also will be looking to cash in. But as I stated before, the B's don't need to change too much. Resign your free agents and you'll already be near the top of your conference next year. They need to get a little bit quicker on both end's of the ice. Other then that, this was their best team on ice in a few season's and they underachieved a bit in the playoff's. They will be back and they will be better next season.