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Bruins Concussed?

Quick-Who is the 3rd highest paid player on the Bruins roster? Most know Chara is 1st at 7.5 million and Marc Savard is 2nd at 5 million. Is it Kessel, Sturm, Ryder? No, it is Patrice Bergeron at 4.75 million against the cap. I hate to complain about a young player that suffered a debilitating concussion last season, but in today’s NHL salary cap era, 4.75 million is close to 9% of your total cap number. For that kind of money, a GM wants more than 39 games played out of 55 possible with 4 goals 17 assists for 21 points, with a plus/minus rating of -1. The most glaring statistic to me is the -1, on a team that has 6 players at 24 or better and a rookie in Blake Wheeler at +32. Now Patrice Bergeron did not ask to be hit from behind by Randy Jones of the Flyers, but Bruins Management must wonder if they will ever see again, the player they had signed to contract through 2010-2011. Peter Chiarelli must have concussion-like symptoms trying to figure out how he is going to sign his free agents like Phil Kessel, David Krejci, Matt Hunwick, Tim Thomas, and Manny Fernandez, all except Hunwick deserving more than the 4.75 that Bergeron is under contract for. Now I am not a GM or a Capologist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night and if I was Peter Chiarelli, I would be looking to move Bergeron to a team that has their own under performing 4 - 5 million dollar center, like the Florida Panthers Nathan Horton. Maybe a change of scenery for both players would get them back to the level of play that got them the big contract in the first place. It’s a long shot, and maybe I’m concussed thinking another GM would pick up what seems to be damaged goods, but anything is possible.

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