B’s Beat: A Few Defenseman The Bruins May Target
With Dennis Seidenberg done for the season with an ACL injury, and the inability of the various rookie defenseman to step up; it is time Bruins’ GM Peter Chiarelli began looking at his options via the trade market.
The market is a tad bit slim given the impending Olympic break and the fact that many teams are still in contention. The trade deadline this year is March 5th, only a week after the Olympics. It can be expected that the trade talks will increase significantly in the weeks prior to the break, and the week afterward. As for the teams in contention; it can be expected that the market will better define itself toward the deadline as to who will be buyers and who will be sellers.
Here are just a few of the options available to the Boston Bruins as they prepare for yet another extended playoff run. All of these players are UFA’s and it is also important to remember that Seides’ placement on Long Term Injured Reserve allows the B’s to use his the cap room that was originally for his salary.
Dan Girardi, New York Rangers: Girardi is probably the dream option in this case. He is an outstanding shot blocker, shutdown presence, and has the ability to chip in offensively like Seidenberg. He is also a minute eater too. He is second on the Rangers in time on average ice per game with 22:43, and first in hits with 111, and blocked shots with 79. He also makes a very cap friendly $3,325,000 per year. It is tough to say whether or not the Rags will actually trade one of their core players, especially to one of their rivals. Still, if he is put on the market, there will be a significant demand for his services. I believe the B’s will be in on him, but would be pretty surprised if they landed him.
Chris Phillips, Ottawa Senators: Peter Chiarelli loves his Ottawa Senators boys (Zdeno Chara, Chris Kelly), and it is a known fact he has looked into acquiring Phillips in the past. Phillips is another Seidenberg-lite. He also has plenty of leadership to give, as well as a strong ice presence. He may have lost some speed in the last couple of seasons (he is 35), but he is the type of player that every team needs in their lineup. He is averaging 20:14 of ice time this season with 1 goal, 12 assists, a -1, 83 hits, and 65 blocked shots. He also carries a cap friendly salary of $3,083,333. The Sens are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, but should they fall off it can be expected that Phillips will be made available.
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers: Timonen is another one of those players who is getting up there in age. At 38, he is still the top defenseman on the much maligned Flyers, and has a lot more to give at all areas of the ice. I think he could be an absolute monster next to Zdeno Chara. He has 2 goals, 12 assists, a +4, 43 hits, 59 blocked shots, and an average of 21:04 of ice time in 42 games this season. I would be surprised if the Flyers move him, but they could of they seek to get younger with some picks and prospects. He carries a $6,000,000 cap hit, but most of that can be absorbed by the Seidenberg LTIR mentioned above.
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