Sunday, June 6, 2010

Spezza to Boston for the #2?

RUMOUR2009-2010 NHL Statistics2011 Cap Info
To BostonPositionAgeGPGAPYearsCap Hit
Jason SpezzaForward27602334575$7 million
To OttawaPositiionAgeGPGAPYearsCap Hit
2010 1st Round Pick (2nd overall)

Yes, I am going to continue to buy into these Jason Spezza rumours, because I think they have some legs to them.  Well, moreso that he is going to leave Ottawa than the actual rumours themselves, but thanks to ol' Eklund and his blog, we get to see what is floating around.  This afternoon's specialty sees Spezza going to Boston for the 2nd overall pick, which may or may not be a real game changer.

Spezza, the number two overall pick in 2001, would be a curious fit in Boston, a team that already has Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard signed on.  Any deal could see Bergeron or Spezza move to the wing, if necessary, so it probably shouldn't be held out of the question due to position.  The Bruins are finding themselves in a very positive window for becoming a contending team and adding a great puck moving centre like Spezza could make things a little more interesting.

Which team wouldn't want to take on the 2nd overall pick in this year's draft with the talent coming out of the top four or five players?  The Senators could then likely turn around and make a good offer to Anton Volchenkov with Spezza's cap hit leaving the books and Ottawa can remain a very good defensive team with a shot at making the playoffs again.

Salary CapThe real concern for the Bruins taking on a player like Spezza at the Entry Draft would be the build up against the cap, especially if no cap space opens up with another player going in the other direction.  Spezza is a $7 million cap hit and would potentially lift the Bruins' cap number up to $56.7 million, leaving very little room for six to eight players.

Dropping $7 million from the Senators books would leave them at $40.1 million, if the deal were to go down now, which would give them all sorts of room to fill in the eight to ten gaps in their roster.  

I don't like the chances of this straight swap happening, because it would be much harder to decide which pieces of the puzzle need to be taken out of Boston to help fit everyone in underneath the salary cap.  That being said, unless there is a plan in place or a few more factors that are not taken into account in this post, I really don't see this move happening. 

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