brwi wrote:thehockeyguru wrote:Boston seems a lot more likely than Vancouver.
Boston is heading for cap-hell this off-season. They have Tim Thomas and Fernandez both as UFA and Kessel and Krecji are both RFA and those two guys could really draw interest on the market if the B's cannot get them under contract first. The next year with Savard as UFA and Lucic RFA is probably going to factor into their decision-making too. I don't see the B's being involved at all with any UFAs like Hossa-Gaborik-Franzen that will cost big bucks.
Agreed. The Hossa to Boston ship sailed this offseason; even when Fernandez walks that cap space is going to evaporate into Kessel and Krejci's pockets, and they won't want to tie themselves into anything too much for any length of time because of Savard and Lucic. Even if they let Savard go they'd have trouble letting Hossa in, and with the way Savard has played this year that's totally out of the question for them. Judging where Hossa is going to go this offseason is difficult given that Gaborik is also on the market, but my money is on him staying in Detroit-he loves it, they love it, he's tired of losing, and it's hard to predict from year-to-year what team that doesn't have it's nose pressed up against the cap is going to be the surprise emergent force. It'll take quite a bit of wheeling and dealing, but that's my thought. There's just no good teams out there with the cap space to accommodate him.