David Krejci has five years left on his contract. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)
The NHL draft lottery will be held Saturday night, and WEEI.com is preparing you for the one percent chance that the Bruins will win the first overall pick.
We’ve already covered that once the Bruins win the lottery on Saturday (duh), they’ll have the chance to grab American center Auston Matthews. This will go a long way in the Bruins’ effort to make their offense overwhelmingly American (Frank Vatrano, Noel Acciari, Jimmy Hayes, Austin Czarink, Lee Stempniak? Jimmy Vesey?), but it would also make the Bruins a little too loaded down the middle.
The addition of Matthews would make either David Krejci or Ryan Spooner expendable in an effort to get much-needed defense help.
For those who didn’t watch this season (congrats), Krejci was one of the best players in the league over the first month of the season before seeing his play drop off due to a pair of injuries. Despite missing 10 games on the season, Krejci still put up 63 points (17 goals, 46 assists) over 72 games.
One of his injuries, a hip impingement, has required surgery. Krejci, 29, has five years remaining on a six-year contract with an annual $7.25 million cap hit.
Spooner, meanwhile, put up 40 points over his first 56 games before fading in the second half due in part to a lower-body injury. He finished the season with 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists) in 80 games. The 24-year-old has one year left on a two-year contract with a $950,000 cap hit. His contract is one of Don Sweeney’s bright spots thus far as Bruins general manager.
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