The latest on Mike Ribeiro and David Booth, the Bruins will have to move a defenseman, and addressing a couple of internet-generated rumors.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford cites a report from TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie claiming Mike Ribeiro could make a decision later this week as to which club he’ll sign with. His choices come down to two teams, one from each conference. Jason Brough, meanwhile, wonders if a club will take a chance on oft-injured winger David Booth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ribeiro’s behavioral issues aside, he remains a skilled playmaking center. If he’s sufficiently addressed those issues he could be a good short-term addition to a club lacking depth at center. Booth remains a skilled scoring winger but his injury history will make teams reluctant to invest in him. I believe he will be signed by someone, but it could take a training camp tryout to get a new contract.
BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy reports the Bruins will have to move a defenseman in the wake of their recent re-signing of Matt Bartkowski. Conroy notes veteran Johnny Boychuk has been oft-mentioned in rumors, but it could just as easily be Bartkowski.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins currently have $390K in cap space, and while they’ll get over $4 million cap relief when the season starts by placing concussed forward Marc Savard on long-term injured reserve, they still have to re-sign Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, as well as Jordan Caron and Justin Florek.
One of my readers recently claimed he’d read a rumor claiming the Bruins would trade Dougie Hamilton for a top-six right wing. I doubt very much the Bruins will move the 6-5, 215-pound Hamilton. The 21-year-old will eventually replace the ageing Zdeno Chara when the latter retires or departs via free agency.
The Winnipeg Jets “wooing” San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton? Yeah, good luck with that.