Scary Seidenberg signing for Bruins... Stars up two heading home... some fantasy talk re: Guy Boucher... Happy Birthday SeaBass
The Bruins have locked up Dennis Seidenberg to a four-year deal... the cap hit is reasonable at $3.25M a year but this is starting to get into scary territory for the Bruins as a four-year deal for a journeyman dman (on his 5th team in his 7th season) who has only topped 30 points twice (the past two years) and is a minus-22 over the course of his career is a deal that may come back to bite you... oh, and he's also been pretty injury prone. Seidenberg teamed with Chara after the trade and played pretty well with nine points in 17 games but we wouldn't count on him for a big offensive explosion. This gives the Bruins five dmen signed for next year and that's before counting RFA Mark Stuart so where does this leave UFA Johnny Boychuk, who impressed while logging some big minutes in the playoffs?
The Texas Stars took game #2 in the Calder Cup Finals and they look on their way to upsetting the Hershey Bears with a 2-0 lead heading home. The star so far for the Stars has been goalie Matt Climie who's won six of his last seven games and sports a 2.51 & .923 in the playoffs. He's a UFA this summer but could be a candidate for the Dallas Stars backup goalie spot next year with this performance... but let's not get too ahead of ourselves.
The CBJs have reportedly offered their head coaching job to Guy Boucher and he's taking a few days to mull it over. He's the hot coaching prospect right now after leading the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs to 2nd place in the league a year after he coached Drummondville in the Q to a 1st overall finish (& championship). He's had a lot of success over the past two years and there's some real encouraging signs for fantasy GMs as the Bulldogs were 3rd in the A in goals scored & 1st in goals against. With Drummondville in 2008/09 he was 1st in goals scored and 4th in goals against (we'll gloss over the fact that in 2007/08 he was dead last in the league in points, GF & GA with Drummondville). Also encouraging for poolies is that he's shown a willingness to work with smaller and younger players and also Europeans (ie Kulikov & Kostitsyn), good news if you're a Nikita Filatov owner... more on this if he actually takes the job.
What's distracting us today?
First up, the Hawks may have lost two in a row but we know one Chicago fan that was happy after Game #4 (stick tap to Total Pro Sports):
Finally today is Cam Neely's birthday... which is more than enough reason to pay SeaBass another visit: