This is a quick post to tell you all that I'll be back on Monday with the next installment of the first round draft spotlight series-- I've been busy this weekend and haven't had the time to devote to it.
In the meantime, there is a feature I did on U.S. NTDP defender Derek Forbort up at the New England Hockey Journal website if you haven't yet seen it. He's one of those guys that would be a nice pickup for the B's if they can swing it, but is going to take a few years to develop before he's ready for primetime.
Interesting that the Bruins signed Dennis Seidenberg yesterday to a four-year extension worth a reported average (cap hit) of $3.25 mil. It takes some of the sting out of giving up the 36th overall selection to Florida to get him, but there are now going to be some second- and third-order effects given that the Bruins have invested some long-term contracts on Seidenberg and Andrew Ference. With Mark Stuart and Johnny Boychuk up for new deals, one or both are going to be gone, unless Peter Chiarelli moves one of the other defenders like a Matt Hunwick or Dennis Wideman, for example. Something's gotta give, and there's no telling what Chiarelli will be able to make happen, but the status quo cannot hold. Don't forget about young guys Yuri Alexandrov and Adam McQuaid, both of whom could make the roster next year and are low cap hits, which should appeal to the Bruins.
Still not sure about the money given to Ference and forward Shawn Thornton recently, so it looks like barring some big trades to shake things up, the Bruins won't be able to afford a foray into free agency this summer. PC will have to make his bones via trades and at the draft.