BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the Second

BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comDENVER Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Avalanche by a 4-1 score at Pepsi Center after 40 minutes of play in the Mile High City.1)Marc Savard took a hit to the head little more than three minutes into the second period when he and Matt Hunwick collided in the corner with Savard extended in an awkward position. Hunwick finished a clean check and Savard was rolling around on the ice in pain after the side of his head smacked into the dasher by the boards. Television replays apparently showed thatSavard might have beencrying with a towel up to his face as he skated off the ice to the dressing room, and he didnt return to the game. Not good. 2)Three points for Mark Recchi after his second period goal when Brad Marchand breaks out with the 42-year-old and feeds Recchi for a wide open score to give the Bs an insurance goal. The line of RecchiMarchandBergeron are rolling today, and look like theyll be together for a long, long time. Nine shots on net for the trio.3)With his first goal of the night, Recchi became the eighth Bruins skater to crack double-digits in goals scored this season with his 10th strike of the season. A little different from last season, eh?4)Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron both putting up a plus-3 after the first two periods. Some excellent hockey being played out there by each of them.5)The Avs are a good young team, but theyve got some real issues with their defensemen. They need to step it up a notch or two as a unit unless Craig Anderson is expected to do his best Tim Thomas impersonation behind a leaky Colorado defense.6)Two goals for Milan Lucic, who has responded in the best way possible from a very off game against Buffalo the last time out. Its looking like Lucic is getting his game back.

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.