This offseason has already been a pretty busy one for Peter Chiarelli and his Boston Bruins. He sent Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley packing their bags for the Lone Star State and signed Jarome Iginla, who infamously spurned the Bruins just months ago.
These moves not only improved the team in terms of depth, but also gave the Bruins a better financial future to lock up some key players or by taking a dip into the free agent pool to add depth. Chiarelli has done a great job of this so far with the moves he made already and could make more.
Tyler Seguin Trade
This was a move that some Bruins fans questioned, but was ultimately decided was a solid deal. Many thought that the Bruins gave up far too early on a 21 year old with a ton of raw talent, but this deal needed to be done. Seguin was underachieving in Boston and his cap hit of $5.75 million was far too much for a guy who wasn’t performing to what he should be.
Chiarelli traded Seguin, and Rich Peverley and his $3.25 million cap hit, to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson and prospects. Eriksson is a very talented player with outstanding defensive skills who fits perfectly in Claude Julien’s play scheme. Even better, the Eriksson’s cap hit is only going to be $4.25 million with three years left on his contract.
The Bruins also picked up Stars defensive prospect Joe Morrow. Morrow originally came to the Dallas Stars after the Pittsburgh Penguins traded him in a package deal for then Stars captain Brenden Morrow. Morrow, a former first round pick by Pittsburgh, is a defenseman that Chiarelli believes can develop into a top four defenseman upon the finishing of his development.
So, by getting Morrow, the Bruins may have found a defenseman of the future, and by acquiring a cheaper, and possibly more effective, Loui Ericksson, the Bruins found some cap relief to go out and sign another player. That is exactly what Peter Chiarelli did…
Jarome Iginla Signing
It may have come as a slight shock to Bruins fans that Jarome Iginla had agreed to sign with the Boston. Bruins fans slept on it and woke up to find that Iginla had still agreed to join the Bruins, a far cry from just a few months ago. Many Bruins fans went to sleep thinking that Iginla was headed to the Hub, but only to awake the next day and find that he spurned the Bruins for the Penguins.
The cap relief that the Bruins freed up from the Seguin trade made this move possible. Even better, Iginla agreed to a relatively cheap $1.8 million base salary, of course Iginla could receive up to as much as $6 million presuming he hits certain goals.
That’s not bad considering Daniel Alfredsson’s deal with the Detroit Red Wings. Alfredsson signed a one year, $3.5 million deal with the Red Wings and could have set the bar for Iginla and his demands. Iginla though agreed to a smaller deal probably because he just wants to win and feels that the Bruins give him the best shot at capturing that all elusive Stanley Cup.
The Bruins basically traded Nathan Horton for Iginla. Horton bolted Boston for the Columbus Blue Jackets for seven years, $37.1 million. Horton’s cap hit will be $5.3 million for next season. At that price, it was just too much for the Bruins to commit to for a guy who, while talented, has a history of concussion problems and just simply hasn’t been himself lately.
The only downside is that Iginla is getting up there in age and Horton is still young, so, you will get more in the long run with Horton than Iginla. I don’t think that it will affect the Bruins all that much down the road due to the depth of the well in the Bruins farm system and they could just develop someone to replace Iginla upon his leaving the team when the time comes.
Peter Chiarelli really has made all the right moves this offseason and has set up the Bruins for a bright next season and a fiscal responsible future.
Do you think Chiarelli has done a great job this offseason? Comment below or sent me a Tweet, @MarkWGraham