To some, GM Don Sweeney took on the form of Captain Barbosa, and is staying the current course over a waterfall, at least with our current roster. They’re not wrong, depending on how long our,”New-Coach Surge,” lasts. We all know a Cup this season is a long shot, but wherever we end up, that won’t change that we’re not likely to pick up any talent.
Fact of the matter is, with the price of any player worth mentioning too high, it’s more a question of who the Bruins’ will either let go or trade at the Deadline.
Dominic Moore – Center – 36 Years Old – $900,000 Cap Hit
Dominic Moore was picked up last offseason, and has been doing exactly what the Bruins’ signed him for; fill the void left by our infamous, “Merlot Line.” The “Merlot Line” was the Bruins’ fourth line, made up of Sean Thornton, Gregory Campbell, and Daniel Paille. Their primary function was to roll the the fourth line and give their team a boost moving the puck from the Offensive Zone, all the way up to the Goal-Line.
What Moore does is similar, but obviously not on the same level as the three mentioned. Despite this, throughout the season he’s been good for 9 goals to tie 6th on the roster, and 18 points for 18th. Not to mention, he’s reliable. Proven so when he’s played in every game this season.
By now, you’re probably asking yourself as to why the Bruins want to move him. Well it starts with his being 36 years old. He’s a veteran player, and the Bruins’ might have a chance to get a mid-level draft pick for him. All it takes is a waiver for the center man in the off season. This route is better than Moore’s pending unrestricted free agency at the end of the season. Either way, the Bruins would be better off moving forward with their younger players.
You might also be asking yourself, “Then who would pick up the slack?” I’ll give you 2 hints. He’s already on the roster, and he’s already skating on the line he’d take over. If you guessed Riley Nash, you would be correct. Whether the Bruins qualify, or miss the playoffs for the 3rd consecutive season, the smarter move would be to cut ties with him now and see what we have without him.
John-Michael Liles – Defenseman – 36 Years Old – $2 Million Cap Hit
Same boat as Dominic Moore, John-Michael Liles faces unrestricted free agency at the end of this season, at 36 years old. Liles may not be a big name on the market for players, with only 5 points in 30 games, but both Liles and Moore would make an excellent addition to any team looking to add depth to their defense. Especially if the Bruins see Liles as a depth defenseman, their best bet would be to move him at the deadline rather than lose him for nothing.
Joe Morrow – Defenseman – 24 Years Old – $800,000 Cap Hit
With the potential to be a full-time NHL Player, something has held Morrow back from achieving this role. Whether it’s inconsistency or not setting himself apart from every other defender on the roster, Morrow has spent most of his time with the Bruins in the Press Box or in the AHL.
To put it simply, the need for Morrow is not there. Sure we could put him with Colin Miller on the bottom pairing, with Kevan Miller around when needed, but it would be just as easy to either get some kind of return for him, or even make a call up form Providence. Further, we could have the options of giving Rob O’Gara another go, or perhaps even Matt Grzelcyk. More over, we always have the option to keep Liles.
To some, this might seem like a waste. This is because Morrow was part of the Tyler Seguin trade. That makes 2 pieces lost in the Seguin trade, with Erikkson signing in Vancouver last offseason and Matt Fraser being picked up by the Oilers on waivers in 2014. Reilly Smith was traded along with the Marc Savard contract for Jimmy Hayes, and that leaves Morrow as the remaining piece.
24 years old, he has the potential to be a solid defenseman. With only 65 games played this season, being sent to the AHL and spending night in and night out in the Press Box, it would be smarter to get something for Morrow while we can.
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