Bruins line pairings for Sunday tilt with Habs

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Bruins line pairings for Sunday tilt with Habs

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
HALIFAX Here are the forward lines for the Bruins in their first of two consecutive tilts against the Montreal Canadiens on Canadian soil. The first will be played at the Halifax Metro Centre home rink of Brad Marchand, who grew up in the suburbs of Halifax a mere 15 minute drive away.It will also be the first appearancesfor Nathan Horton, Gregory Campbell and Joe Corvo during thepreseason after the B's took things cautiously with Horton. "Nathan is more of a we just wanted tomake sure he felt comfortable with everything else --and he could have played probably other games. This time of year youre going to be more cautious than youre going to be risky. Gregory Campbell is playing his first game tonight as well. And Joe Corvo didnt pull a groin, just had a tight groin so we pulled him back," said Claude Julien. "We pulled David Krejci back with post-game issues. "So were really being cautious but for Nathan Horton Horty its probably more special because he didnt get a chance to finish off that last round. For him to come back is going to be pretty exciting for him. Im looking forward to that and I think hes looking forward to it as well."Interesting to see what Tyler Seguin will do with Caron and Horton on either side of him, and what Sauve can accomplish as a speedy fore-checker paired with Thornton and Campbell. Hell get to prove how versatile he can be if called upon to fill a role in Boston this season. Here are the lines:

Caron Seguin Horton
Sauve Campbell Thornton
Paille Whitfield Clark
Marchand Hamill Pouliot

Chara Corvo
Kampfer McKelvie
Warsofsky McQuaid

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Source: Bruins preparing offer sheet for Jets D-man Jacob Trouba

Source: Bruins preparing offer sheet for Jets D-man Jacob Trouba

According to a hockey source, Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins “are preparing an offer sheet” this week for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba as an aggressive option to land a No. 1 defenseman after trades didn’t pan out at last weekend’s NHL Draft.

The Bruins have watched Trouba closely for some time, and clearly have an interest in the 22-year-old D-man with size, offensive abilities and a workhorse nature that’s seen him average more than 22 minutes of ice time per game since entering the league as a 19-year-old.

Trouba is coming off a six-goal, 21-point season while playing in 81 games for the Jets, and was a career-best plus-10 for Winnipeg. With Trouba, a restricted free agent, and the Jets locked into big money deals to fellow right shot D-men in Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers, the writing has been on the wall for some time that the Jets would need to give one of them up.

Now it appears the Bruins may be willing to put their money, and their assets, where their interest is, and come up with an offer sheet that totals a minimum of $47 million for Trouba’s services.

Part of that high total is crafting an offer that the Winnipeg Jets aren’t going to match, and part of that is the Bruins’ own doing while casually tossing away their own draft picks. Because they sent their 2017 third round pick to the Flyers for Zac Rinaldo and their 2017 second round pick to New Jersey for Lee Stempniak, the Bruins must put together an offer sheet with an average annual value (AAV) of at least $9.3 million that will require Boston to give up four consecutive first round picks as compensation.

The good news for the Bruins: for offer sheet purposes, AAV is determined by dividing the total compensation offered by the lesser of the length of the contract, or by five. For contracts longer than five years in term, this will result in a higher AAV than simply dividing the contract total by the number of years.

Example: a 7 year offer sheet worth $49 million total, would be considered an AAV of $9.8 million ($49 million divided by 5) for offer sheet compensation purposes. That means the Bruins could make an offer sheet to Trouba in the $7-8 million per season neighborhood on a seven year deal, a reasonable contract if Trouba turns into the No. 1 defenseman that the B’s are envisioning.

The real price for the Black and Gold would be surrendering four first round picks, but the Bruins have made five first round picks in the last two years while stockpiling their prospect cupboard. The B’s have also been hit-or-miss with their first round picks, so sacrificing a few of them for a surefire, young defenseman would theoretically be worth the price.

Clearly the offer sheet route is the product of Bruins’ frustration at being unable to broker a deal for Kevin Shattenkirk or Cam Fowler last weekend in Buffalo, and at the realization that they need a stud No. 1 defenseman in order to again be competitive in the Eastern Conference. Perhaps even the threat of an offer sheet could spur the Jets into dealing Trouba, just as the threat of an offer sheet pushed forward the trades of Dougie Hamilton and Brandon Saad last season. 

Dirty Water Media Bruins reporter James Murphy was also reporting the buzz that the B's are exploring their offer sheet option.