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With the NFL season only a few weeks away that can only mean that the NHL season is rapidly approaching as well. The off-season thus far for the Bruins has been a rather quiet one, only resigning players from last seasons roster. Peter Chiarelli has made it clear that he likes his team and is reluctant to add a big piece or subtract a current piece to upgrade. Looking at the current roster, the only thing that is missing and has been for some time is front-line “elite” goal scoring.
For years we have heard names like Jarome Iginla, Rick Nash, and Bobby Ryan linked to the Bruins. There were reports that the Bruins even made a real offer to Zach Parise. But still, here we are with virtually the same team we have seen for nearly three seasons.
Looking around the Eastern Conference, a lot of teams are adding pieces and getting better, while the Bruins remain the same.
But, perhaps this is the season that Chiarelli makes a splash, with Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Nathan Horton, and Tyler Seguin all becoming free agents after this season. Maybe that will force his hand.
With a surplus supply of veteran centers and a handful of promising prospects, not to mention some wiggle room with the cap, it makes almost no sense as to why the Bruins have been so reluctant to add a star player to the mix.
Jeff Skinner just signed a six-year deal with the Hurricanes worth almost $35 million. Seguin will be in need of a new contract next summer if he doesn’t sign an extension during the season, and his potential deal may mirror Skinner’s.
The Bruins should do all they can to get it done before he becomes a free agent, just in case Seguin continues to improve on his production. If he does improve and all signs point to him improving on a team-leading 67 points, it could end up putting a bigger hole in the Jacobs family pocket.
Regardless of the cost, Bruins fans want Seguin here for a long time and chances are he will be. Keep an eye out during the season for an extension similar to David Krejci signing one-last year during the season.
Tags: Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Claude Julien, David Krejci, Dennis Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton, Jared Knight, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Peter Chiarelli, Ryan Spooner, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara