The Bruins had the lead as time wound down in Game 6 and it looked as though the Stanley Cup Final with the Blackhawks was going to a series deciding Game 7. Unfortunately, with almost a minute left in the game the Blackhawks scored two goals in seventeen seconds and went on to raise the Cup in Boston.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bruins play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher joined Toucher & Rich to discuss the decisions the Bruins will have to make for the future.
It’s agreed that the team will most likely lock up center Patrice Bergeron for a long term deal.
“He’s what they want that franchise to be about and he’s about the team and it’s about winning. So I would think that would be real high up on their list along with getting Tuukka Rask signed up here long term too.”
With the thought in mind that the Bruins will sign Bergeron and Rask, the guys move on to discuss some of the unrestricted free agents and other player that the team will have to think about the future of. Nathan Horton wasn’t really lighting things up in the regular season, but again he did show up big at points during the playoffs. Do the Bruins re-sign the right winger?
“I would have told you before the playoffs that probably they were going to go in a different direction, to be honest with you. His regular season it was decent, but you went through those lulls I guess in his play where you didn’t really notice him much. In the playoffs by in large he was excellent again, so I think they will certainly try to keep him.”
Goucher went on to say that some of this is on the player too, saying that Horton may have to take less money if he truly wants to remain in Boston. Goucher feels that defensman Andrew Ference may also have to take less money if he wants to remain a Bruins with all the young defensemen the team has.
They also discussed guys that could possibly be moved in a trades this offseason too, centers Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly were names the guys brought up. T&R wondered if the Bruins could even move Peverley and if teams would even be interested in adding him to their roster?
Goucher assured the guys that if the team wanted to move Peverley there would be interest from other teams and thinks that the Bruins would be more prone to keep Kelly if they had to choose between the two.
The NHL’s unrestricted free agency period starts July 5th, which is just over a week away at this point.