Dupont: Grading Chiarelli's offseason moves

Dupont: Grading Chiarelli's offseason moves
July 13, 2013, 2:15 am
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The season came to a sudden halt for the Bruins, and it didn't take GM Peter Chiarelli long to begin working on next year's team.

Chiarelli has been busy this offseason, making a number of moves. Kevin Paul Dupont joins Sports Tonight to give his grades for the offseason moves.

Loui Eriksson
Jarome Iginla

Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley
Andrew Ference
Nathan Horton

Patrice Bergeron
Tuukka Rask

Dupont says the Bruins are a better team today than they were at the end of the season, and therefore deserve a good offseason grade. Eriksson represents an upgrade over Seguin, and Iginla is an upgrade over Jaromir Jagr, at least in terms of speed.

In addition to the new faces, the Bruins managed to lock up Bergeron and Rask with eight-year deals, effectively securing the team's core into the next decade. Bergeron and Rask join Zdeno Chara as the cornerstone players who are under long-term contracts.

At $7 million a season, the Bruins basically paid Tuukka Rask the going rate for a top goaltender. Rask will be in his mid-30s when the contract expires, and at that point, Malcolm Subban is expected to be ready to take over.

Dupont expects that Bergeron will only play about five of the eight years on his contract before retiring.

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