Dan Girardi

Tampa Bay Lightning: Taking An In-Depth Look At Dan Girardi

Featured Image Photo Credit – Dinur Blum

The last Tampa Bay Lightning player evaluation that I did was on Braydon Coburn, so I’ve decided to stick with the blue-line here. This player is likely on his way out, though it is still an unknown at this point. The question is, should they? I will evaluate his skills and determine if it is worth the money to bring him back. That player is Dan Girardi.  

The Basics

Last season, Girardi played 62 total games, while in a rotation in and out of the lineup as a healthy scratch. Despite that, he scored 4 goals and assisted on 12 more, for a total of 16 points. He averaged 17:48 time on ice, due to the fact that he tended to play on the first defensive pair with Victor Hedman, with no special teams time. He started 49% of his shifts in the offensive zone, and racked up a 49.9 Corsi-For%, his best CF% in 10 years (the 2008-09 season). Girardi had a takeaway to giveaway ratio of 8 to 25, a -17 differential. It’s also a career low total in takeaways and giveaways. Girardi recorded a 100.7 PDO, which means he’s only a little bit lucky, relative to the average of 100 PDO.  With Girardi on the ice this season, the Lightning had an expected goals for of 45.7 and an expected goals against of 43.7, which is a +2 differential, his first career plus expected +/- since it was first calculated in the 2014-15 season. 

Advanced Analytics

Girardi wasn’t good or bad in almost all of his stats except the takeaway-giveaway ratio. However, he has never really been good in that metric in his career. He did improve in a few areas compared to prior seasons, but overall on the surface, he hasn’t been that good. If we look into the spider graphs, maybe they can hint at something that he is good at.

visual created by Kyle Pereira, data from CJ Turtoro

Girardi (red) is last in his shot contributions, which ultimately means he doesn’t generate any sort of offense from his shots (ShotContr60, ShotAssists60), but he does shoot the puck more than Jan Rutta (Shots60). He ranks dead last in all transition metrics, which looks at his success breaking out of the defensive zone (PossExit60, PossExit%) and breaking into the offensive zone (PossEntry60, PossEntry%). He is the best of the three defensemen shown on the graph for breaking up the opposition’s entry attempts (Breakups60), and has better defensive numbers than offensive, but still ranks last in allowing the opposition a high volume of entries in a 60 minute span (PossEntryAllw60) and second in how many entries he allows compared to the total number of entries he has to defend against (PossEntryAllw%).

Where I am intrigued the most is in his seemingly awful transition game, so let’s first look into his performance on the breakout by taking a look at CJ Turtoro’s Exit per 60 minute visual. 

visual created by CJ Turtoro, data from Corey Sznajder

Girardi ranks dead last among all other Lightning defenders (minus Rutta) in this metric. He only ever passes the puck up and out of the defensive zone to a teammate, and never skates it out. He relies very heavily on his dumps and clears when leaving the defensive zone which allows for the opponents to quickly regain the puck in the neutral zone and get another entry, hence his high PossEntryAllw60 metric on the spider graph. He ices it less than Coburn does, but still more than all other defenders, which isn’t bad, but still needs to be taken down a little bit. Girardi has a high amount of fails, and that’s where he really needs to turn it down. While he didn’t turn the puck over a whole lot last season, he had around the same amount of fails as Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev, who are pace pushers and take risks moving up ice, which sometimes leads to fails. But in Girardi’s case, he doesn’t push the pace at all, and he’s just seemingly bad at breaking out. This isn’t a good look for Girardi.

Now let’s look at Girardi’s metric of entering the offensive zone using CJ Turtoro’s Entries per 60 minute visual. 

visual created by CJ Turtoro, data from Corey Sznajder

Yet again, Girardi ranks dead last in entering the zone, but this time there’s a better reason why. While he had a tough workload exiting the zone (lots of attempts), he had the smallest workload breaking into the offensive zone, as he never really made an attempt to do so consistently. For controlled entries, he passes to a teammate more than he skates it in himself, though it is pretty close. He constantly dumps it in however, if he even tries entering at all. The best part about the whole thing though? He very rarely fails in getting the puck in, when he tries doing so, and thus is fairly effective entering the offensive zone. Now, if we go back to the spider graph, we will remember that his best attributes were in his defensive zone play. 

Break-Ups versus Possession Exits

Let’s now take a look at Sean Tierney’s visual, Controlling the blue line. 

visual created by Sean Tierney, data from Corey Sznajder

Girardi, the left-most defenseman, had a high breakup%, about even with both Ryan McDonagh and Anton Stralman. However, as we saw before, he was not good at breaking out of the defensive end, and thus had the lowest, by a wide margin, Possession Exit%. He’s just an okay defenseman, because he breaks up the oppositions attack, but then can’t break out of the defensive zone, doesn’t really try to break into the offensive zone, and does little to make a difference offensively. 

In Conclusion 

Dan Girardi is just okay, as I touched on earlier. I feel as though the Lightning gave him too much ice time, and that he should not have been deployed more often than both Sergachev and Coburn. To me, Girardi is a solid 7th defenseman, who can slot into any lineup that needs him when an injury occurs. You know exactly what you’re going to get with Coburn due to his very consistent production, but he isn’t your guy if you already struggle breaking out or pushing offense. I don’t see the point in re-signing Dan Girardi with better options on the roster, and cheaper options in the trade market and within the Lightning’s farm system. I can see Girardi going to Long Island to play for Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders. 

All stats via Hockey-reference

Spider graphs created by Kyle Pereira, data gathered by CJ Turtoro

Controlling the Blue-line visual from Sean Tierney

Featured Image Photo Credit – Dinur Blum

Braydon Coburn

Tampa Bay Lightning: Evaluating Braydon Coburn

Part 14 of my Tampa Bay Lightning player evaluation is finally here, and it is going back to the blue-line.

The Lightning had one of the strongest defensive cores in the league in a lot of people’s minds, and that might just be because of the stellar season the whole team had. But yet, despite all the love the blue-line gets, the top four gets most of the credit.

But what about the bottom 2 defensive pair and the Lightning’s 7th defenseman?

I’m here to show you that they, too, contributed towards the Lightning’s success. First, let’s start off with Braydon Coburn, who was recently signed to a 2 year deal worth an average of $1.7M per year.

The Basics

Last season, Coburn played 74 games, recording 4 goals and 19 assists (23 points), which was his best season, from a production standpoint, since the 2011-12 NHL season. He averaged 16:07 time on ice, with a perfect 50% distribution of offensive and defensive shift starts. With the 50/50 on-ice distribution, he went on to have a 52.6 Corsi-For%, his best CF% since the 2009-10 NHL season. He had a takeaway to giveaway ratio of 17 to 22, which is a -5 differential.

While that may not seem good, it isn’t all bad, as he doesn’t really generate giveaways or takeaways. He recorded a 100.1 PDO, which is just a hair above the average PDO of 100, which tells me he is only slightly more lucky than the average NHL player.

When Coburn was on the ice, the Lightning had an expected goals for of 51.1 and an expected goals against of 45.9, which is a +5.2 differential. What that tells me is he pushes the tempo of play up ice, but isn’t always super reliable in his own end. Now, that may not be so true, so stay tuned.

Advanced Analytics

Coburn has always been thought of as a stay-at-home defenseman, generally. But while his point totals back that up, his expected goals for when he’s on the ice tells me otherwise. It tells me his loves pushing the play up ice, and trying to generate some sort of offense. By using my own spider graph, we can determine where he stands on both the offensive and defensive ends.

visual created by Kyle Pereira, stats from CJ Turtoro

Coburn (blue) is hands down, far and away, the best defenseman among the bottom 3 defenders on the Lightning roster when it comes to shooting. He shoots way more in general (Shots60), and generates more offense off of his shooting (ShotContr60, ShotAssists60) by quite a bit. He’s also far better at entering the offensive zone (PossEntry60, PossEntry%) by a wide margin as well. He stands out less when exiting, or breaking out, of the defensive zone (PossExit%, PossExit60), but is still better than the other two on the graph. Finally, his worst categories. All players on the graph mark around the same area on the graph when it comes to breaking up an opponent trying to enter the zone (Breakups60), ranks second when it comes to allowing entries over a 60 minute span (PossEntryAllw60), and then ranks dead last when it comes to how many he allows over the total amount of entries he has to break up, or defend against (PossEntryAllw%). But his prowess over the other two depth options is the reason why Lightning General Manager Julien BriseBois gave him a new contract.

Coburn’s Exits per 60

But, to dive deeper into his success, let’s check out CJ Turtoro’s Exit per 60 minute visual.

visual created by CJ Turtoro, stats from Corey Sznajder

Coburn ranks 11th on the Lightning roster when it comes to breaking out of the defensive zone. He has a fairly decent workload, just about even with Anton Stralman for the amount of breakout attempts. He relies more heavily on his dumps and clears, rather than passing or skating it out. That’s the reason why his seemingly good breakout game doesn’t translate to the spider graph, because the spider graph looks specifically at controlled breakouts and not chipping the puck out and away. He ices the puck a lot, which isn’t necessarily good, but it isn’t a huge problem, but that should still be brought down a little bit for next season. He has a high fail mark, which is the worst part about his graph. However, he goes for clearing the puck rather than a controlled breakout, and his clear attempts might be getting knocked down at the line often enough for it to negatively affect his game. All in all, however, he’s just alright at getting the puck out of the defensive zone.

Coburn’s Entries Per 60

Now, let’s look at CJ Turtoro’s Entry per 60 minute visual to see how truly good Coburn is at breaking into the offensive zone and driving the offense.

visual created by CJ Turtoro, stats from Corey Sznajder

According to the visual, Coburn had the third highest workload amongst defenseman when it came to entering the offensive zone, ahead of even Victor Hedman, but ranked just 5th on the team. He had a decent amount of controlled entries, where he passes to a teammate or skates it in himself, but just like all the other defensemen, he looked more for a quick dump in to get the job done. He doesn’t fail very often, considering how often he tries entering the offensive zone, so that’s not a problem there. Being a bottom pair defenseman, who is basically known around the entire league as a defensive defenseman, these are solid stats.

Break-Up % vs Possession Exit %

But to truly evaluate how good a defenseman is at, well, defending, we have to use Sean Tierney’s Controlling the blue-line visual.

visual created by Sean Tierney, stats from Corey Sznajder

Coburn, highlighted on the graph, does not have a high breakup%, which ultimately means that he allows the opposing team to enter the Lightning defensive zone more than he stops them from doing so. While that may sound really bad, and it surely isn’t good, he was just a little below Hedman and well above Mikhail Sergachev in that metric. Where he really struggled, which we touched on earlier and isn’t necessarily the case, is his controlled Possession Exit%. He wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t good, and that tells me he just goes in and does whatever the coach asks of him.

In Conclusion

Coburn is a very simple minded defenseman. You want him to get the puck out of the defensive zone, he will clear the zone one way or another. You want him to drive the offense and move the puck up the ice, he will move the puck up ice and drive the offense. If you want him to generate shots, he will shoot. He doesn’t play a flashy, risky game, but rather a slower, simpler game. He’s a very low risk, potentially high reward player, and for a guy to do that while averaging bottom D pair time on a night to night basis, that’s pretty solid, to me.

All stats via Hockey-reference

Spider graphs created by Kyle Pereira, data gathered by CJ Turtoro

Controlling the Blueline visual from Sean Tierney

Featured Image Photo Credit – Dinur Blum

 

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning Steals The Show At The NHL Awards

The Tampa Bay Lightning were well represented at the NHL Awards.

Tampa came home with four trophies, as well as Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy being named to the first team all-stars, Victor Hedman named a second team all-star and Anthony Cirelli being placed on the all-rookie team.

Nikita Kucherov

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To no one’s surprise, Kucherov almost cleaned the house, as he won the Hart, the Lindsay and the Art Ross trophies. Listen, when you put up 128 points in 82 games, something that hasn’t been done since Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux in the 90s, you deserve the trophies you got nominated for. He’s also the first player in Lightning history since Martin St Louis to win the Hart trophy (2003-04, which was 15 years ago). Well deserved, and he will look to do it again next season.

Andrei Vasilevskiy

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After coming up shy last season in Vezina voting, Vasilevskiy was back with a vengeance. However, I have to say it, he was more deserving last year than this year. Both Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner had better statistics, despite playing in fewer games. The only thing Vasilevskiy had on them was wins, and that’s because he had the best team, on paper, playing in front of him night-in and night-out. But, he won it, and nothing can take that from him. He is a world-class net-minder, and he was able to take what he was robbed of last year. Like Kucherov with the Hart, he is looking to have another Vezina worthy season next year.

Victor Hedman

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Despite coming up short in the Norris voting, Hedman was still given one accolade. He was named to the second team all-star roster, meaning the league thought of him as a top 4 defenseman league wide last year. Another very deserving award/accolade given to a great defenseman. Without Hedman, the Lightning would be lost on the backend, and that will continue as long as he is at 100% with the Lightning.

Anthony Cirelli

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Cirelli being named to the all-rookie team really doesn’t sound like much, but it is. To me, Cirelli always came off as under-appreciated league wide, but him named to this all-rookie team changes that.

He doesn’t produce at a high level offensively, with 19 goals and 20 assists last season (39 points), but he is a very reliable forward for the Lightning. He had an impressive 53.7 Corsi-For% despite his very high defensive deployment (started 58.7% of shifts in the defensive zone). Cirelli also had an incredible 46 takeaways to just 15 giveaways, a fantastic showing of puck control and smarts. Cirelli doesn’t force plays and is very smart with the puck. He is more than deserving of a spot on the all-rookie team. Cirelli will look to keep his rookie season success going into next year.

All stats via hockey-reference

Featured Image Photo Credit – Nikos Michals

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National Hockey League: Who Will Take Home The Hart Trophy?

The NHL Awards Show is coming up, and the finalists have already been announced. There are favorites and there are snubs, and fans have been vocal about who should win, and who deserves a nomination.

 

The Hart trophy is no different, and there have been varying cases for all three finalists. The Hart Trophy, for those who don’t know, is awarded to the player who is judged to be the most valuable to his team. Here are the finalists, and why they should, or could, win.

 

Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

Why He Should Win: Kucherov finished the season with 128 points, which, for this era, is unbelievable. He showed dominance in the league that had not been seen since the Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux era in Pittsburgh. He has already claimed the Art Ross trophy for most points in the entire league. A guy so dominant deserves this trophy certainly, but are point totals really enough?

Why He Should Not Win: Kucherov has every reason to win, but let’s look at what awards the players this trophy. “The player judged to be the most valuable to his team.” His own team. This is not league MVP, which Kucherov would claim, hands down.

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Was Kucherov really that vital to his teams performance? Well, yes, but if you take him out, the Lightning will still be a playoff team. They have Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point, Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh, and Andrei Vasilevskiy. He’s also not a captain, nor an assistant captain, so you can’t turn to leadership qualities for help. Yes, he led his team in points by a wide margin, and yes, he had a historical season in every sense. But no, Tampa would not blow up if he were not there.

 

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Why He Should Win: Sidney Crosby is the Pittsburgh Penguins. While Phil Kessel was swirling in trade rumors and Evgeni Malkin struggled, Sidney Crosby remained Sidney Crosby. He led the Penguins in points with 100, 18 more than second place Kessel. He led the team in assists with 65, 10 more than second place Kessel. He finished second on the team in goals with 35, behind linemate Jake Guentzel (40) and ahead of third place Kessel (27). He was tied with Kessel for power play goals (12) and had the most time on ice among forwards, averaging 20:59. He is the heart and soul of the Penguins, and their captain.

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Why He Shouldn’t Win: The Penguins had a down year in terms of where they finished as a team, as well as some individually underwhelming production. Crosby did not, as he held strong to his name. However, he’s just like Kucherov in a sense that the Penguins may not be awful if he were to leave them. Crosby is a huge figure in the locker room, but the Penguins still have so much star power with Malkin, Guentzel, Kris Letang, Kessel, Justin Schultz, and Matt Murray. They would still be a far different team, but I still believe they’re good enough to make the playoffs.

 

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Why He Should Win: As the captain of the Oilers, he went on to do McDavid things. He finished second in the league in points with 116, just 12 points behind the otherworldly production of Kucherov. He finished with 41 goals, which is tied with Kucherov for sixth in the league. He also notched 75 assists, second to only Kucherov (87) around the entire league. Edmonton is not a good team, and if you take McDavid off the roster, they’d be worse than the Ottawa Senators. What McDavid does for this team, no one can top it.

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Why He Shouldn’t Win It: While Kucherov was able to lead the Lightning towards a President’s Trophy, and Crosby was able to snag a playoff spot with the Penguins, McDavid was left golfing. He wasn’t good enough to get his team to the playoffs, despite being one of the best players in the league.

 

Deeper Dive

One way to decide whether or not a player was more lucky than successful is by looking at a stat that ultimately quantifies a players luck.

Higher than a 100 PDO means that person was lucky, and likely won’t repeat their season at that clip. Under 100 PDO is unlucky, and likely means that player could have done better. 100 PDO is average, not lucky or unlucky.

Kucherov finished the season with a 102.7, Crosby finished with a 101.9, and McDavid finished with a 100.7. That being said, Kucherov’s historic season was spectacular, but required a lot of luck, and he likely will never reach that total again in his career.

Crosby did not have as spectacular of a year, posting the lowest goal, assist, and point totals among the finalists, but still required some luck to reach triple digits, and if the Penguins struggles continue into next season, Crosby may not reach the 100-point plateau.

Meanwhile, McDavid was just a little over average, not requiring much luck to reach an incredible 116 points, and has a good chance of consistently hitting those marks despite being on a relatively weak roster.

 

In Conclusion

McDavid deserves this trophy through and through, because he produced at a very high rate, and didn’t need a lot of bounces to go his way to reach his mark, showing that he can consistently reach that same production season by season. He’s also the only guy you can look at and say “Without him, his team would really struggle.” He’s also the captain, and the captain of any team is extremely important as is. So while he didn’t produce like Kucherov did, he has the “C” on his sweater, and not as much luck on the ice.

 

Stats via NHL.com

PDO via Hockey-reference

Featured Image Photo Credit: Nikos Michals

Not Panda Watch, It’s Time For Erik Karlsson Watch

Last summer, we saw the Toronto Maple Leafs sign John Tavares on day one of free agency. This summer, San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson is set to test the free agent market. 

It’s been a topsy-turvy year and a half for Erik Karlsson. Karlsson and his wife dealt with the Mike Hoffman situation, Eugene Melynk’s mismanagement and a bunch of turmoil in Ottawa. Fortunately for Karlsson, he was able to evade the frustration in Ottawa. Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion pulled the trigger on a trade with the San Jose Sharks and shipped Karlsson off to the Northern California. On September 13th, Karlsson and Francis Perron were dealt to the Sharks in exchange for Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Josh Norris, Rūdolfs Balcers, a first rounder (2020), a second rounder (2019) and a conditional second rounder (2021).

After joining Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and the Sharks defensive core, Karlsson had some health challenges. He had sustained a groin injury and thus he was kept out of the lineup for 27 games. His health wasn’t great at times, but neither was his offensive production. In 53 games played, he tallied 3 goals. It’s the lowest amount of goals scored in his career. Karlsson has lost his 5v5 goal scoring touch. The hope is that Karlsson will redeem himself next season and get back to his old self.

Where Will Karlsson Play?

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But, the bigger question is where will Karlsson play next season? 

His tweet that he wrote after the San Jose Sharks were eliminated in the playoffs made it sound like his days in the Silicon Valley were done. In addition, its been rumoured that his wife, Melinda would like to return back to Ottawa. But, does that mean that Karlsson feels the same? He left an organization that was in shambles and it might take quite a bit of money for Karlsson to forgive and forget. 

The good news is that if he does return to Ottawa, he’ll be alongside elite defenseman Thomas Chabot and a rising core of youthful talent. Brady Tkachuk is emerging, Drake Batherson and Alex Formenton are almost ready to make the leap and Erik Brännström is a top defenseman in the making. Everything is looking good for the Senators long-term, but can Karlsson forgive the Senators front office? 

If he can forgive and forget, he’d be a great addition to the Senators. But, it still might be a couple of years before the Senators are contenders. They need more than just Karlsson, but if they can land Karlsson, it’ll give the Senators leverage in attracting other top free agents.

Montreal 

The other two teams that have best chance of landing Karlsson are the Montreal Canadiens and the San Jose Sharks. 

Last off-season, the Habs lost out on Tavares, but had a great season. They added Max Domi via a trade with the Arizona Coyotes and Brendan Gallagher was easily the best 5v5 goal scorer in the NHL last season. While the Habs weren’t able to make it to the playoffs, they just need a piece or two to be a true playoff team. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin needs to add a defenseman and should look to add some forward depth. If he can add Karlsson, he’d have one of the best defensive groups in the NHL. Karlsson would also take a ton of pressure off of Shea Weber. Both defenseman play on the right side and with Karlsson present at the Bell Centre, the Habs could scale back Weber’s minutes. 

San Jose

In addition, the San Jose Sharks could theoretically re-sign Karlsson. But, the main issue is cap space. The Sharks have quite a few pending free agents including Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Timo Meier, Joonas Donskoi, Michael Haley and Gustav Nyquist. The Sharks need to keep Meier and at least two of those forwards to stay competitive next season. So, if Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is looking to re-sign Karlsson, he’s going to have to create some cap space. Wilson could look at trading Justin Braun and/or Brenden Dillon to free up some space, but either way, the Sharks will put themselves in a whole new cap crunch. If Karlsson and Meier both sign long-term contracts, they’d have seven players on the hook for next five years. Given the salary situation in San Jose, the Sharks might be better off bowing out of the Karlsson sweepstakes. But, who knows what will go down.

Tampa

A lot of hockey fans speculate that the Tampa Bay Lightning will be in on the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes, but I’m not sure that will happen. The Lightning are in a bad cap crunch and need to re-sign Brayden Point. In addition, the Lightning need to re-sign Mikhail Sergachev and Andrei Vasilevskiy next off-season. With how much money top defensemen and goaltenders are being paid these days, the Lightning simply can’t afford Karlsson. They’d have to move quite a few pieces to cough up the cap space and that might hurt them in the process. So, if you are a Lightning fan and are hoping for a Victor Hedman and Karlsson pairing, I wouldn’t get your hopes up too high. 

Dark Horses

Instead, I believe that there will be two dark horses who will jump into the sweepstakes. They haven’t been mentioned yet in the rumor mill, but they likely will soon. 

The New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins are my two dark horses. 

Islanders

The Islanders need a true offensive defenseman. They need someone who can step in and be the number one defenseman. Barry Trotz needs a John Carlson in Long Island. If Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello can land Karlsson, he’ll get a “John Carlson” and a whole lot more. Karlsson can control the tempo of the game, he’s got great hands, phenomenal speed and a laser of a shot. He’d be a welcomed addition in Long Island. The only issue is Lamoriello’s shaving policy. I’m not sure if Karlsson will be on board for shaving his facial hair. But, who knows? 

Bruins

Like the San Jose Sharks, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New York Islanders and the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins were interested in bringing John Tavares to Boston. Well, that failed, but I’m not sure that the Bruins see it that way. They are in the Stanley Cup Finals. Regardless if they lose to the St. Louis Blues, they have outplayed the Toronto Maple Leafs during the season and in the playoffs. Even though secondary scoring was needed in Boston, they went the cheaper route and acquired Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson at the deadline. That seems to have worked well. 

But, the Bruins will be in a challenge next off-season. Torey Krug, John Moore, Zdeno Chara, Matt Grzelcyk and Connor Clifton will all test the market. There is a good chance that Chara will retire. He is 42 years old and I can’t imagine that he’s going to play till 50 like Tom Brady. In addition, Krug has been a tad inconsistent throughout his time in Boston. Krug is dominant in the offensive zone, but isn’t always reliable in the defensive and/or neutral zone. Moore has been in and out of the lineup. Grzelcyk and Clifton will get raises. But, even if Grzelcyk and Clifton remain, the Bruins will still need to fill a couple of holes on defense and Karlsson would be a great stop gap.

stats from hockey-reference.com, NHL.com

research from CapFriendly.com