Morning Free Association, July 1 – NHL Free Agency 12:00 ET

It’s the calm before the storm of NHL free agency. At 12:00 ET today, teams are allowed to sign UFAs and offer sheet RFAs. Will the Bruins re-sign Loui? Will they sign Jimmy Vesey? Will they finally acquire some defense? Please? I mean, like, y’know, the good ones? Strap on your helmets and get your drinks ready!

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Bruins to buy out Dennis Seidenberg

From TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

The cap hits for the Bruins for the next four years:
2016-2017: $1,166,666.00
2017-2018: $2,166,666.00
2018-2019: $1,166,666.00
2019-2020: $1,166,666.00

Aaron Ward reports:

Seidenberg’s full no-movement clause made him, well, immoveable. His poor play and injury problems last season made him undesirable. There likely wasn’t any chance of him being claimed by Las Vegas in the expansion draft, or any trade partners for him when his NMC would be come a limited NTC on January 1. The cap hit is painful, especially in the second year of the buyout, but it appears that the B’s management saw a buyout as the only way to move forward.

That said, he was a crucial part of the Bruins’ Cup run in 2011 and he was a veteran leader for the team. Many, many thanks to Der Hammer for his time with the B’s and for bringing the Cup home to Boston.

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B2B Q&A: WWDSD (What Will Don Sweeney Do?)

With the Bruins not making the playoffs, we thought it would be a good time to pick each other’s brains on various issues concerning the Bruins, as we all have quite a bit to discuss.
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The Case for Retaining Claude Julien

There has been an outcry amongst certain members of the Boston sports media to fire coach Claude Julien if the Bruins failed to make the playoffs for a 2nd consecutive season.
Well the Bruins have failed to make the playoffs, and the working assumption is that the Bruins will terminate Claude Julien.
I would, at this time, like to make a case for why that is the wrong reaction. Continue reading

A Bruins Defense Volume 3: Trade Your Way to a Better Tomorrow

Well, Doc had some great points. Buying out Dennis Seidenberg would save the Bruins a bunch in cap space and give them some freedom in signing new talent. Brian Campbell is a better defenseman than John-Michael Liles for sure, however, with the age of this group, I’m nervous signing a 37 year-old to a two-year contract.  With Adam McQuaid turning 30 in October, the Bruins would have three defenders on the wrong side of 30 with a buyout of Seids and addition of Campbell. I’m looking a little more long-term; give the youth that signed earlier a little more time to develop. That’s where the trade market comes in.
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Vol 2: Buying the Present to Preserve the Future

Welcome to the second installment of my and CarvinBass18’s three part series A Bruins Defense: A Three Part Series on How to Improve Next Season. This is Volume 2: Buying the Present to Save the Future, in which I play my best Jonathan Swift and make my modest proposal to make 2016-2017 less of a terrifying gong show than 2016-2017.

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