This morning Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe wrote that the Bruins had a trade in place for Vancouver's Alex Edler, which was contingent on Vancouver moving Ryan Kesler to Pittsburgh:
"The Canucks would have received an NHL center in Sutter in return for Kesler. But Sutter is best suited for a third-line role. It’s likely Vancouver would have asked the Bruins for either AHLers Ryan Spooner or Alexander Khokhlachev, both more offensive-minded than Sutter."
Now there's a lot of people who are seemingly up-in-arms because Chiarelli didn't pull the trigger on Edler.
First of all, it was out of PC's hands. If Kesler didn't go to Pittsburgh, Edler wasn't coming to Boston and as we all know that's exactly what happened. While Edler would have helped this year, it would have put the Bruins in a tough spot moving forward. Let's start with financials before anything:
Edler currently makes $5M a season and he's signed through 2018-2019. While Boston could use Dennis Seidenberg's LTIR money this season, it's a whole different ball game, even with the cap going up. Patrice Bergeron, Kevan Miller and Dennis Seidenberg both have their cap hit going up next season and players looking for new contracts (Krug, Iginla, Johnson, Thornton).
If Edler comes in at $5M a season, I think it's safe to assume that Johnny Boychuk is traded for a little bit of cap relief. Even if you let someone like Iginla walk, you still need a top 3/6 forward to fill his spot and LOUI ERIKSSON IS NOT A TOP 3/6 FORWARD SO DON'T GO THERE. So you can take some money and throw that at someone unless you think Carl Söderberg is ready to make a leap of faith.
Looking at the Bruins projected cap they have about $9M to spend. With Edler on the books, that jumps way down to $4,120,000 and as I mentioned Krug needs a new contract, Boston will need a backup goaltender (both Johnson [unrestricted] and Svedberg [restricted] are a free agent at year's end) so that money can go fast.
So financially it doesn't make much sense to bring Edler in and then pay four defensemen 19.2 million dollars.
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