The Boston Bruins and forward Ryan Spooner avoided their arbitration hearing as well this week, agreeing to a new 1-year, $2.825 million deal for the 2018 season. The hearing was set to go later on in the day on Wednesday, but like most arbitration filings, they have been settled before the hearing or the verdict.
In 78 games with the Bruins last season, the 25-year old scored 11 goals and 39 points, which was good enough for 206th overall and 147th among all forwards.
If all goes well in camp, you would have to think that Spooner would be reunited with both David Krejci and David Backes, his main linemates in the 2017 season, trying to recapture his numbers in the 2016 season, where he had career highs in goals and in points, 13 and 49, respectively.
The Bruins could do with a little more offense to help bolster their club and provide them a little bit more strength, once they hit playoff time and Spooner's drop in production between seasons needs to be remedied to help that happen.
|David Krejci||7.250||Torey Krug||5.250||Tuukka Rask||7.000|
|Patrice Bergeron||6.875||Zdeno Chara||4.000||Anton Khudobin||1.200|
|Brad Marchand||6.125||Adam McQuaid||2.750|
|David Backes||6.000||Kevan Miller||2.500|
|Matt Beleskey||3.800||Charles McAvoy||0.917|
|Ryan Spooner||2.825||Brandon Carlo||0.789|
|Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson||0.917||Paul Postma||0.725|
The Bruins have a number of bubble players on their current projected roster and still have $7.7 million in unused space after these 23 players are accounted for, plus $2.7 million in buyouts on the books. The last big piece of the puzzle this season is David Pastrnak, who may require a good portion of that $7.7 million in remaining space, but I couldn't quite see him getting paid more than Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand quite yet.