By: Greg McCarthy
With the Bruins being eliminated from the playoffs we, as fans, begin the long and boring offseason, but in that offseason lay a few days where teams re-sign or release players, so who on the Bruins be kept? Who should be released?
John-Michael Liles: Liles played his heart out in the first round of the playoffs, but do I think he should stay a Bruin? No the Bruins have begun bringing up the talented defensemen they have such as Charlie McAvoy and keeping Liles would be a waste of a roster spot or a waste of money.
Joe Morrow: Morrow showed a ton of potential during the first round of the playoffs, in fact he looked really good and even averaged the third most ice time amongst Bruins defensemen, If the Bruins have the spot open I say give Morrow a shot at the spot.
Tim Schaller: Absolutely re-sign, Schaller had a decent 14 points in 59 games, but Schaller had been playing on the fourth line for the majority of the time and seemed to spark a lot of energy into the fourth line, I could see Schaller getting a 2 year extension from the bruins at around $1 million.
Drew Stafford: Otherwise known as Deadline Jesus, Stafford played 18 games with the Bruins and managed a decent 8 points with 4 goals and 4 assists. Before Stafford came to Boston during the trade deadline he had played on the Winnipeg Jets, where he was paired with not-so-great players and he still managed to put up 13 points there. Stafford would make a great winger on the 3rd or 4th line and would probably sign a very team friendly contract.
Ryan Spooner: A lot of Bruins fans want Spooner out of a Bruins uniform, but i would re-sign him, Spooner put up a not so great 39 points, but the important thing to remember is that he played winger for the first part of the season (Ryan Spooner does not play winger). And even when Spooner was playing center he had linemates of Jimmy Hayes and Matt Beleskey who both had horrible seasons. I think Spooner should get a 1 year deal so that he can make up for himself.
David Pastrnak: Yes absolutely re-sign him this is not even a discussion.
Dominic Moore: Dom put up 25 points in a full 82 game season, which isn’t great but it isn’t bad for a fourth line center. The only problem I see with re-signing Moore is that he’ll be 37 by the end of next year, he seemed great on the fourth line this year and made the fourth line a lot more dangerous, but Dom’s age may start to catch up with him.
Noel Acciari: Acciari while not labeled as a goal scorer made a big difference in the Bruins fourth line. Anyone who has watched Acciari play know that he plays a physical hit-first type of game. Acciari helped make the fourth line what it is and should absolutely return next season.