Saturday, January 02, 2010

Bruins Sign Satan

A day after winning the Winter Classic at home, the Boston Bruins announced the signing of 35-year old, Miroslav Satan, who has been an unsigned free agent all season.

Satan was last seen as a member of the Stanley Cup winning Penguins, but hasn't seen any game action in this 2009/'10 season.

In the 2008/'09 season, Satan finished with 17 goals and 19 assists in 65 games with the Penguins, also spending some time in the AHL after a pretty good cold snap. Without playing all season, I don't think anyone should be looking for anywhere near these sort of numbers.

I don't expect Satan to be in the Bruins line-up too soon, as he'll likely need a couple weeks of practice before he's in game shape, but will you consider him in your fantasy pool? Probably shouldn't...

Salary CapThe deal is reportedly to finish this current season and has an annual salary cap hit of $700,000, which is cut in half (or possibly less), all depending on when he actually jumps into the line-up. Satan shouldn't count against until he's in the line-up. The Bruins have been straddling the cap ceiling for the best part of the season, so having Satan come in this late was likely more to be a budget decision, rather than a hockey decision.

Even after the Winter Classic win, the Bruins are still 5 points back of Buffalo in the Northeast Division, so a bit more consistency is what they were looking for or just someone else who can inconsistently provide a little extra scoring here and there, which will hopefully be when some of their inconsistent scorers already not scoring. Nevertheless, the Bruins have Satan and he'll be an interesting addition and maybe a good linemate for Marc Savard?

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