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New Jersey Devils forward #23 David Clarkson
With the losses of Nathan Horton and Jaromir Jagr to free agency, the Bruins are now faced with some uncertainty regarding their top 6. Trading Seguin and Peverley yesterday for Loui Eriksson helped Boston add a top end winger to help fill the void of one of those two departing wingers. The Bruins now have two spots open on the rightwing side. One of which is a top 6 spot, the other is on the third line. I believe the B’s will look to add another top 6 forward via free agency, and allow some of the younger guys like Ryan Spooner, Carl Soderberg, Jared Knight, and Jordan Caron battle for Peverley’s former spot on the third line. Here are some free agent targets I believe they are considering.
New Jersey is likely losing their big agitating right winger to free agency today, and plenty of teams are going to have interest. I believe one of those teams is the Boston Bruins. Clarkson plays an in-your-face style of game that the B’s look for in their players. He has good size at 6’1″ and 200lbs, but perhaps his greatest asset is his net front presense. I would argue that there are few players in the NHL that are as good as Clarkson is when crashing the crease. He is a monster when in a goaltender’s grill, and he would be great there for the Bruins while their skilled shooting defensemen like Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Johnny Boychuk, and Zdeno Chara take shots from the point.
Clarkson is also one year removed from a 30 goal season, and is in he prime of his career at 29 years old. The rightwing had 15 goals, 9 assists, and a -6 in 48 games for the Devils last season.
The long time captain of the Ottawa Senators is rumored to be leaving the Sens for greener pastures in free agency this year. While it is sad from Ottawa’s perspective given the fact that Alfredsson has been “Mr. Ottawa” for the better part of a decade, it is great news for contending teams who want to add a significant veteran winger with plenty in the tank. Alfie is still a top 6 forward in this league, and he would look great sliding in next to Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in a role akin to Mark Recchi in 2011. He would also help the mad advantage with his presence as he is both a n excellent passer, and shooter.
At his age it might be tough to commit a lot of money towards him, but the Bruins won’t likely pass on the chance on the Senator’s all time leading scorer. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli has strong ties in Ottawa so it is possible Alfredsson could be lured. He scored 10 goals, 16 assists, and a +1 in 47 regular season games last season. He was even better in the playoffs where he scored 4 goals, 6 assists, and a +5 in 10 games.
Ottawa Senators forward #11 Daniel Alfredsson
Yes, I know it may be weird to talk about the Bruins going after Iginla again, but this is a business, and the Bruins have some holes to fill in their lineup. Iggy is hitting the free agent market for the first time in his career. There is no doubt in my mind he will command a ton of interest from many contending teams looking for a veteran right winger, and Boston, despite their history, should be right among them. While he has slowed down a bit as age has caught up with him, Iginla is still a top 6 forward in this league. I personally believe he would still be welcomed in Boston despite his trade decision to go to the Penguins instead.
Between Calgary and Pittsburgh; Iginla scored 14 goals, 19 assists, and a -5 in 44 games. He was also excellent in the postseason scoring 4 goals, 12 assists, and a -4 in 15 games before being eliminated by these Bruins. I believe the B’s will look into Iginla again, and who knows? Maybe this time around he will be more willing.
The Bruins will be dipping into the market for the first time in a long time. They usually choose to build from within, or through a trade. They still may follow their usual scheme of things, but there are too many good fits out there to not at least make a run at it. Aside from the three I mentioned above; the Bruins may also circle back to Jaromir Jagr, and possibly former Bruin Michael Ryder as well. This is going to be a fun ride for Bruins’ fans. Enjoy it.
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Unrestricted free agents across the NHL can't yet sign a contract with a new team, but they can start fielding offers.
It's been long reported that New Jersey Devils forward David Clarkson is going to cash in this off-season for a variety of reasons. One is teams always overpay in free agency, and with this being such a weak...
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton has undergone surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered during the Stanley Cup finals, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced on Wednesday.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Jon Warner at the Boston Shoulder Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Horton signed a seven-year, $37.1-million contract with the Blue Jackets on July...
Nathan Horton closed the book on the Boston Bruins Friday afternoon when he agreed to a seven-year, $37.1 million contact to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Nathan Horton’s deal with CBJ is 7 years, $37.1 ($5.3 AAV) but he gets $30M in first 5 years.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013
The deal gives Horton pretty much exactly what he wanted this offseason – to...
With the Philadelphia Flyers scooping up Vincent Lecavalier on Tuesday, Nathan Horton now becomes arguably the top winger available on the free-agent market.
Horton opted not to return to the Bruins after three seasons in Boston, and it has not taken long for teams to come calling.
Horton was in Columbus on Wednesday to meet with the Blue Jackets, his agent confirmed to The Columbus...
Jarmo Kekalainen and John Davidson broke out their big boy bait and tackle and landed one of the big fish of the summer free agent feeding frenzy agreeing to terms with Nathan Horton on a seven-year, $37.1MM ($5.3MM AAV) contract. The move addresses the Jackets glaring lack of goal scoring and signals that Columbus was not fooled by this past season's playoff surge.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Yet, this being Day 1, there is inherent risk. Horton has suffered two severe concussions, both from hits delivered by former Jackets. Aaron Rome knocked Horton out of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011. The following January, Tom Sestito hit Horton and Horton missed the rest of the season. This past spring, Horton suffered a separated...
Nathan Horton is now officially gone. The Columbus Blue Jackets have annouced they signed Horton to a seven year deal.
Holy **** that's a long term contract.
Nathan Horton's deal with CBJ is 7 years, $37.1 ($5.3 AAV) but he gets $30M in first 5 years.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013
Not an awful AAV, though. The contract length might kill...
Word is the Blue Jackets have been positioning money because they have their heart set on two players....Valteri Filppula and Nathan Horton. It has been widely reported that Horton visited Columbus yesterday and Filppula played for gm Jarmo Kekalainen during the lockout.
I have been reporting for some time the jackets were priming to make a it splash....this appears to be it....
On a Wednesday, former Bruins power forward Nathan Horton boarded a commercial airliner and flew to Columbus, Ohio. Just another July day fro Horton. When the plane landed, me met with the Columbus Blue Jax front office dignitaries. Presumably, they took Horton on a tour of their facility , then talked some more. When the meeting concluded, Horton went back to the airport, hopped on another fl...
By Rick Gethin, FOXSportsOhio.com
Columbus, Ohio Another piece to the puzzle in Columbus was added during the first day of NHL Free Agency.
The newest player to don the Union Blue is forward Nathan Horton, formerly of the Boston Bruins. Horton, who signed a 7 year37.1 million deal today, comes to the Blue Jackets as a proven power-forward with 43 games of NHL playoffs experience...
So just past midnight Eastern time on Friday morning, let's take a quick examination of what likely lies ahead for the Detroit Red Wings when it comes to the opening of the free agent market beginning at 12 noon later today:
Despite their interest in players such as Nathan Horton and David Clarkson to add some much needed grit and goal-scoring ability to their top-six, Detroit...
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
John Davidson watched four hockey reporters discuss various free agent signings on Canada’s TSN network on Friday. The Blue Jackets’ signing of Boston Bruins’ free agent forward Nathan Horton came up and the Jackets’ president of hockey operations blew a gasket.
“They asked about the good ones and the bad ones, and ( Toronto...
With David Clarkson set to test the waters of free agency, the New Jersey Devils were in the market for a new power forward. And now, it looks like they’ve got their replacement. The Devils inked Ryan Clowe to a five-year deal worth $24.25M on the first day of free agency.
Clowe, 30, spent most of his eight-year NHL career with the San Jose Sharks, before being traded to the New...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Why did this UFA season blast off so much quicker than so many before?
The consensus was, the difference maker was the two-day talking period for agents and GMs that led into July 5....
Next season, the two-day window expands to five days. So teams can bring more players to town, the way Oilers GM Craig MacTavish did with David Clarkson...
Follow @BBSuns // Per Renaud Lavoie, the New Jersey Devils have replaced David Clarkson with forward Ryane Clowe as the two teams have agreed on a 5 year deal worth $4.85 million per year. Ryane Clowe with Devils. 5 year / 4.85 AAV. #RDS — Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 5, 2013 Here are Ryane Clowe’s career stats courtesy of espn.com: [...]