Going into the season with high expectations, the Bruins have stumbled out of the gate. The team, for the most part, has been inconsistant with a couple of good nights tossed in for good measure. After last season's 116 point performance, a 3-4 start is not acceptable for the black and gold or it's fans.
Kobasew isn't the only one to blame for the team's slow start. His being shipped out will hopefully (for B's fans) be the spark that gets the team going.
The bones of the deal look like this:
To Minnesota: Chuck Kobasew
To Boston: A second round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft,
The rights to unsigned draft choice Alexander Fallstrom
Forward Craig Weller
In the Bruins press release they give a brief description of the new players they aquired :
Alexander Fallstrom: was selected in the fourth round (116th overall) of the
2009 NHL Entry Draft, began his freshman year at Harvard University in September,
2009. A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, he played for Brinken, Lindigo and
Djurgarden in Sweden before moving to Minnesota where he attended
Shattuck St. Mary’s School from 2007-2009. A senior captain at Shattuck
St. Mary’s in 2008-09, Fallstrom led his team with 40 goals and 87
points (40-47=87) in 52 games. In his first season with Shattuck he had
67 points (20-47=67) in 62 games.
Craig Weller, was a fifth round selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 2000 NHL
Entry Draft (167th overall), has played in 95 NHL games with the Phoenix
Coyotes and Minnesota Wild and has 4-10=14 totals with 127 penalty
minutes. This season, Weller has played five games for the Houston Aeros
(AHL) and has one assist and seven penalty minutes. Last season, Weller
played in 36 games for the Wild and earned 1-2=3 totals and 47 PIM's.
With this trade, the Bruins now take Kobasew's $2.33M cap hit off their books. Currently, they are roughly $4M under the NHL's salary cap. They now have nine draft picks in the first two rounds of the next two drafts. Thinking they turn the season into something that resembles last year, they have a significant amount of money under the cap and multiple draft picks so if there is a “significant player” to help with a Stanley Cup drive, they are in position to make that move.
In other news, Milan Lucic is out on long term injury reserve with a broken finger. This means Lucic will be out a minimum of ten games and twenty four days. So the earliest we will see Looch will be November 12 at home against the Florida Panthers
With these two transactions, the Bruins also recalled Brad Marchand, Vladimir Sobotka, and Guillaume Lefebvre from Providence.
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Written by Jim Mulligan