Yes, the Bruins need help on the back end. Serious help. But who is out there? CSNNE.com has a look at six that could, or should, be targets for the Bruins this summer. So let’s review the six, shall we?
1. Kevin Shattenkirk: There seems to be the sentiment that Shattenkirk is available due to the Blues’ cap situation and the talent they have on defense. The question is, what’s he looking for from a salary standpoint and what do you have to give up to get him? Salary wise it’s likely in the $7M range which is doable but then you’re paying a lot for your D between Chara, McQuaid (your weekly reminder of what a killer that contract is), Torey Krug (assuming he resigns) and Seidenberg (assuming you can’t find a sucker). And do you give up a Pastrnak (NO), Spooner or Vatrano? Yes on Spooner, and a maybe on Vatrano. This all comes down to whether or not you can get Jimmy Vesey in the fold.
2. Jacob Trouba: Trouba is a RFA, so getting him won’t be easy. And again you’re looking at signing him for big money which means the same as with Shattenkirk. Plus what or who do you move to get him? It’ll cost a lot, and as the piece states, he’s no sure thing.
3. Sami Vatanen: Nope, not really what they’re looking for. He’s probably a Colin Miller clone, and they gave up Milan Lucic for him, so why would you A. give up on him so soon, and B. duplicate the player? They’ve already done that once with McQuaid and Kevan Miller.
4. Matthew Dumba: Definitely has potential, but is he a “Top 4″ guy? Who knows? Career highs in TOI and points last year, but as the piece states it was 3rd pairing minutes so would he be exposed with more ice time? Who knows. The Wild are in a bit of a salary cap pickle with about 70% of their cap taken up by only 9 forwards, and they have a young stud prospect in Mike Reilly so something’s likely going to have to give with that team.
5. Jonas Brodin: Speaking of the Wild, Brodin is another name that pops up. His salary is $4M a year for the next 4 years so there is some cost control there. He’s not the biggest point producer but would be a solid, less adventurous version of Dennis Seidenberg.
6. Keith Yandle: Would cost a lot of money, but nothing in terms of prospects. Pair him with a McQuaid or eventually a guy like Brandon Carlo who could cover for him and you may have something. This could be the route the B’s go if trades are prohibitive in terms of the ask. But you could also be looking at a Chara situation by the end of that deal, but perhaps you can slide him down the pecking order if a couple of your D prospects pan out. Yandle would be good in the short-term, questionable in the long-term.
So, as it stands the B’s have a lot of work to do, and there are a lot of guys potentially out there. It all depends on the team’s stomach for paying the necessary freight. And we can only hope their stomach is Bartolo Colon sized.