A Few Possible Free Agent Targets For The Boston Bruins
With the losses of Nathan Horton and Jaromir Jagr to free agency, the Bruins are now faced with some uncertainty regarding their top 6. Trading Seguin and Peverley yesterday for Loui Eriksson helped Boston add a top end winger to help fill the void of one of those two departing wingers. The Bruins now have two spots open on the rightwing side. One of which is a top 6 spot, the other is on the third line. I believe the B’s will look to add another top 6 forward via free agency, and allow some of the younger guys like Ryan Spooner, Carl Soderberg, Jared Knight, and Jordan Caron battle for Peverley’s former spot on the third line. Here are some free agent targets I believe they are considering.
New Jersey is likely losing their big agitating right winger to free agency today, and plenty of teams are going to have interest. I believe one of those teams is the Boston Bruins. Clarkson plays an in-your-face style of game that the B’s look for in their players. He has good size at 6’1″ and 200lbs, but perhaps his greatest asset is his net front presense. I would argue that there are few players in the NHL that are as good as Clarkson is when crashing the crease. He is a monster when in a goaltender’s grill, and he would be great there for the Bruins while their skilled shooting defensemen like Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Johnny Boychuk, and Zdeno Chara take shots from the point.
Clarkson is also one year removed from a 30 goal season, and is in he prime of his career at 29 years old. The rightwing had 15 goals, 9 assists, and a -6 in 48 games for the Devils last season.
The long time captain of the Ottawa Senators is rumored to be leaving the Sens for greener pastures in free agency this year. While it is sad from Ottawa’s perspective given the fact that Alfredsson has been “Mr. Ottawa” for the better part of a decade, it is great news for contending teams who want to add a significant veteran winger with plenty in the tank. Alfie is still a top 6 forward in this league, and he would look great sliding in next to Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in a role akin to Mark Recchi in 2011. He would also help the mad advantage with his presence as he is both a n excellent passer, and shooter.
At his age it might be tough to commit a lot of money towards him, but the Bruins won’t likely pass on the chance on the Senator’s all time leading scorer. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli has strong ties in Ottawa so it is possible Alfredsson could be lured. He scored 10 goals, 16 assists, and a +1 in 47 regular season games last season. He was even better in the playoffs where he scored 4 goals, 6 assists, and a +5 in 10 games.
Yes, I know it may be weird to talk about the Bruins going after Iginla again, but this is a business, and the Bruins have some holes to fill in their lineup. Iggy is hitting the free agent market for the first time in his career. There is no doubt in my mind he will command a ton of interest from many contending teams looking for a veteran right winger, and Boston, despite their history, should be right among them. While he has slowed down a bit as age has caught up with him, Iginla is still a top 6 forward in this league. I personally believe he would still be welcomed in Boston despite his trade decision to go to the Penguins instead.
Between Calgary and Pittsburgh; Iginla scored 14 goals, 19 assists, and a -5 in 44 games. He was also excellent in the postseason scoring 4 goals, 12 assists, and a -4 in 15 games before being eliminated by these Bruins. I believe the B’s will look into Iginla again, and who knows? Maybe this time around he will be more willing.
The Bruins will be dipping into the market for the first time in a long time. They usually choose to build from within, or through a trade. They still may follow their usual scheme of things, but there are too many good fits out there to not at least make a run at it. Aside from the three I mentioned above; the Bruins may also circle back to Jaromir Jagr, and possibly former Bruin Michael Ryder as well. This is going to be a fun ride for Bruins’ fans. Enjoy it.
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