Thursday, April 16

Michael Clifford


Bruins roster due for a shakeup. 


First thing first, I have to say what a pleasure it is to be writing for Dobber Hockey. It's certainly one of the most prestigious resources for fantasy hockey news and analysis, so when I, along with Neil Parker, was asked to come aboard, there wasn't a lot of thought before saying yes.   



For those unfamiliar with myself or my writing, this past season was my fourth doing official fantasy hockey writing, though I have been involved in pools one way or another for about 20 years now. I do rely heavily on numbers for my analysis because even with as much hockey as the most rabid fan may watch, it's really hard to watch more than one-quarter of all games per season unless there's specific reason to do so. Using the numbers is a way to get the story of a team or player without actually watching hockey 10 hours a day, seven days a week.



Before any pucks were dropped to begin the 2015 Playoffs, the Boston Bruins upper management decided it was time to move on from general manager Peter Chiarelli. This followed Boston's first missed postseason appearance since the 2006-2007 campaign.

What this Bruins roster looks like on opening night next season is very much an open-ended question. Boston's cap situation was dire enough that Jarome Iginla was let go with Johnny Boychuk being traded before the season started. This offseason and going into next year, from NHL Numbers: Carl Soderberg is due for a new contract, David Krejci's four-year extension only starts next year at an annual cap hit of $7.25M, Reilly Smith's extension kicks in, both Ryan Spooner and Dougie Hamilton are restricted free agents, and Torey Krug's one-year extension adds another $2M to the overall cap of the team. With Milan Lucic having a year left, and Brad Marchand just two, Boston looks to be in a trading position.