Saturday, February 24, 2007

Bruins Resign Sturm

The Boston Bruins made it official today, as they announced that Marco Sturm has resigned with the team to a four year $14 million contract. The cap hit over the four years will be $3.5 million, but I'm not sure if that affects the team in any way this year. This deal was leaked to the public a few days ago, and yesterday Chiarelli and Sturm confirmed that a deal was in place contingent on Sturm's decision. With Sturm the Bruins get a speedy, offensively gifted forward that could score 30 goals in the right circumstances. He has the ability to play either the first or second line with comfort, and works well on the power play.

Sturm has been tagged as having an off year but as of late has turned it on. The new deal may help him relax enough so he can go up another notch. He has been saying for weeks that he wanted to stay here and he reiterated it again yesterday. I am very happy with this signing, and of the three from the Thornton trade, Sturm is the one I wanted to keep this year. Now here is a video of all of Sturm's goals from last year.

In other news, the Bruins claimed goalie Joey MacDonald off waivers form the Detroit Red Wings. While this will only cost the Bruins a little over $100,000 dollars I am not sure why they claimed him. The good thing is he seems to be a solid prospect and he is a restricted free agent at the end of this year. I am sure Heather will comment on this in the near future.

Well since we have a game tonight I may as well write on it now and save myself another post. The Bruins are taking on the Florida Panthers tonight in Florida. While this SHOULD be an easy win, Florida seems to have our number this year. Look for Tim Thomas and Ed Belfour to face-off in nets, and out on injury are; Bergeron, Alberts, Murray, and Tenkrat. This means that the Bruins will need to call up a warm body from Providence, and I hope it is Ben Walter.

***Update*** Fluto just posted that the Bruins are not recalling a forward meaning that Bergeron might be ready to go tonight.

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Blogger Doobie said...

I think the Sturm signing, more than anything, may be signaling that the Bruins are no longer to be considered a "seller" in the marketplace this season.

3:35 p.m., February 24, 2007  
Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

I don't know what makes me more happy, the way the B's beat up on Tampa Bay or the resigning of Sturm. Regardless, I have an extra wide grin today!

It started when I read this yesterday (before the signing):

"Like I always said, I like it here,” Sturm said. “There are great guys here and I think this team has something special, now and in the future."

Wow. Music to my ears! Another big-time player who really wants to be a Bruin (as opposed to those just being polite like Stuart).

And to top that off with a solid win against the Lightening!

Watching the game last night was like looking in a mirror that takes us back in time. Only it was Tampa Bay appearing as the Bruins of yesterday (earlier this season). Nothing they did seemed to work. Shots miseed, passes gone awry, pucks not gotten to first. But it wasn't lack of effort--they just got beat pure and simple.

Wow. The future looks bright, if not this season then the next...

I hereby nominate Chiarelli as another GOD for making so much out of so little, without losing the farm.

4:09 p.m., February 24, 2007  
Blogger neb said...

i can help you out on the picking up a third tier goalie. i think the bruins are now nudging over the cap. sturms pay increase will go against this years cap as well. so if you are going to have a goalie riding the pine you might as well have a guy making the league min if you are at or over the cap.

9:02 p.m., February 24, 2007  
Blogger neb said...

i may be wrong.. about sturm and the cap. reading page 214 of the nhlpa/nhl cba it seems to imply that this years cap number is in play when giving an extension - but its a legaleze i am having trouble with.. either way having a less expensive goalie on the roster free's up cap room... for.....

9:08 a.m., February 25, 2007  
Blogger neb said...

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4:29 p.m., February 25, 2007  
Blogger neb said...

soo anyone want to help me out..

i think that exerpt below means that sturms new contract must fit into this year cap - remember it would be prorated over the games since he signed the new contract - which may be why they waited until the last possible day and it also probably means that they have chewed up their remaining cap room:



Question - Will Clubs be able to renegotiate contracts with players?

No. Player contracts will not be renegotiated (upward or downward) during their term. Extensions may be negotiated but only in the final year of the contract and only if such extension is for an amount that can be accommodated in a Club's upper limit for the current year or as computed for future years.

anyone else reading this the same way?

7:16 p.m., February 25, 2007  
Blogger Matt said...

If the extension is signed prior to January 1st, it will count against the current NHL season, if it is signed after, it will take effect the first year of the new deal. In a nut shell, Sturm's deal at 3.5 per will start in 07-08.

10:24 p.m., February 25, 2007  
Blogger Matt said...

If the extension is signed prior to January 1st, it will count against the current NHL season, if it is signed after, it will take effect the first year of the new deal. In a nut shell, Sturm's deal at 3.5 per will start in 07-08.

10:24 p.m., February 25, 2007  
Blogger neb said...

you got a source matt?

11:48 a.m., February 26, 2007  
Blogger Matt said...

It was brought up during the time when the Bruins wanted to resign Stuart, and also see Andrew Ference, and Fred Modin's deals.

3:45 p.m., February 26, 2007  
Blogger neb said...

that is not a source matt...that is heresay..

5:36 p.m., February 26, 2007  
Blogger Matt said...

What now you can't trust anything I say? Ference cap hit is a few 100k this season, next year it is 1.4 for the next 3 seasons. He signed an extension.

7:46 p.m., February 26, 2007  

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