With the Seattle Kraken entering the NHL for the 2021-22 season they need to get some actual NHL players. The only way that they are going to fill out a quality roster is through an expansion draft. Every team in the NHL except the Vegas Golden Knights will have to expose some of their players and Seattle will be able to decide who they want on their team. The Boston Bruins unfortunately will have to lose one of their players. The Bruins get to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie, or eight skaters and a goalie. Three of the Bruins protections are already known as they have no-movement clauses in their contracts.
Check out who the Bruins should expose at the expansion draft.
The Must Protects
The following three players signed a contract that included a no-movement clause meaning that the Boston Bruins have to protect them in the upcoming expansion draft. No doubt the Bruins would like to have as much flexibility in their protection choices but the players they must protect are not as bad as some other teams.
The Captain: Patrice Bergeron
The first player the Boston Bruins must protect is their captain. In July 2013 Patrice Bergeron signed an eight-year contract worth 55 million dollars. As the contract is coming to its conclusion the no-movement clause is still a thing. The Bruins will have no problem protecting their captain, first-line center, and heart and soul of the team. This past season was a big one for Patrice Bergeron. Before the season he was named captain of the Boston Bruins and then proceeded to rack up a 48 point season including 23 goals and 25 assists in 54 regular-season games. In the playoffs, his strong play continued as he recorded nine points in the 11 playoff games he participated in. Bergeron would have obviously been protected even if he did not have any no-move clause.
All-Star: Brad Marchand
Another obvious choice for the Boston Bruins to protect is Brad Marchand. The Bruins won’t have to make a choice though, as similar to Bergeron, Marchand has a no-movement clause that prohibits the Bruins from moving him to another team. Originally Marchand was drafted by the Bruins in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Since then Marchand has transformed into one of the best players in the league. This season he was named to the First All-Star Team after totaling 29 goals and 40 assists for 69 total points in 53 games. Somehow Marchand elevated his game to the next level in the playoffs. In the 11 games, the Bruins played, Marchand, posted eight goals and four assists.
Unfortunately, the Bruins weren’t able to prevail and win the Stanley Cup as they did in 2011. Just like his linemate Patrice Bergeron, Marchand would have been protected even if he did not have any move clause in his contract but thanks to his consistent and strong play he was able to negotiate the no-move clause in his contract.
Massachusetts Native: Charlie Coyle
The last player the Boston Bruins must protect is Charlie Coyle. This is not because of his play or his legacy or contributions to the franchise it actually also has to do with the fact that he also has a no-movement clause negotiated into his contract. The native of Weymouth Massachusetts joined the Bruins after parts of seven seasons with the Minnesota Wild. On November 27th, 2019 during the midst of Coyle’s second season with the Boston Bruins he signed a six-year contract worth 5.25 million dollars a season and it has a no-move clause in every single season of the contract.
Coyle just completed the first year of the contract and the Bruins may already have some remorse for handing him that big contract. Last season Coyle played in nearly all the regular-season games but he missed five. In those 51 games, he totaled just six goals and 10 assists for 16 total points. In the playoffs, it didn’t get that much better as he scored just two goals and had one measly assist in 11 playoff games.
While the Bruins probably wish they could get rid of the underperforming Coyle and his massive contract they can’t thanks to his no-movement clause. Hopefully next season he can rebound and have some better production so the bruins won’t regret that contract.
Final Thoughts on Who the Boston Bruins Must To Protect at the Expansion Draft
The Boston Bruins have very few no-movement clauses meaning that they will have times of flexibility come expansion draft day. They have only three no-movement clauses in Captain Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Charlie Coyle. All three play an important role in the Bruins’ success but some are more important than others and have more reasonable contracts for their production. Hopefully, all three players can have a successful season next season and help lead the Bruins to some more success in the playoffs.
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