Commentary

Bruins: Take 'em or trash 'em?

Updated: May 15, 2014, 5:15 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

The Bruins' most promising season in recent history came to a halt with a shocking Game 7 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Nevertheless, the roster should remain mostly the same save for a few tweaks. Here's where you come in. Step into Peter Chiarelli's shoes and tell us which Bruins you'd bring back and which ones you'd send packing. Then tell us why in the comments section. (UFA = unrestricted free agent; RFA = restricted free agent)

FORWARDS -- TOP FOUR LINES

Milan Lucic

Status: Signed
McDonald: Fits Bruins' system perfectly. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    90%
  •  
    10%

(Total votes: 4,796)

David Krejci

Status: Signed
McDonald: Awful in playoffs. Still a top center. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    92%
  •  
    8%

(Total votes: 4,721)

J. Iginla

Status: UFA
McDonald: Made linemates better. True leader. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    90%
  •  
    10%

(Total votes: 4,747)

Brad Marchand

Status: Signed
McDonald: Spark plug. Need more of that. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    57%
  •  
    43%

(Total votes: 4,694)

P. Bergeron

Status: Signed
McDonald: A true Bruin in every sense. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    99%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 4,665)

R. Smith

Status: RFA
McDonald: Proved his value to team. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    95%
  •  
    5%

(Total votes: 4,624)

Chris Kelly

Status: Signed
McDonald: Injury prone but leader on/off ice. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    58%
  •  
    42%

(Total votes: 4,460)

C. Soderberg

Status: Signed
McDonald: Vast improvement over 2013. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    97%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 4,485)

L. Eriksson

Status: Signed
McDonald: Still has potential to be dangerous. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    87%
  •  
    13%

(Total votes: 4,460)

Daniel Paille

Status: Signed
McDonald: Unsung hero. Versatile. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    91%
  •  
    9%

(Total votes: 4,265)

G. Campbell

Status: Signed
McDonald: Effective. Cheap. UFA next year. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    85%
  •  
    15%

(Total votes: 4,248)

S. Thornton

Status: UFA
McDonald: Will need to accept discount. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    57%
  •  
    43%

(Total votes: 4,329)

FORWARDS -- INJURED/OTHERS

Matt Fraser

Status: RFA
McDonald: Shown promise. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    88%
  •  
    12%

(Total votes: 4,094)

J. Florek

Status: RFA
McDonald: Could be effective in this system. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    66%
  •  
    34%

(Total votes: 3,963)

J. Caron

Status: RFA
McDonald: His time is up in Boston. Trash him.

Your call?

  •  
    10%
  •  
    90%

(Total votes: 4,033)

R. Spooner

Status: Signed
McDonald: Talented but no room. Trade? Trash him.

Your call?

  •  
    47%
  •  
    53%

(Total votes: 4,037)

DEFENSEMEN -- TOP-FOUR PAIRS

Zdeno Chara

Status: Signed
McDonald: How much is left in the tank? Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    88%
  •  
    12%

(Total votes: 3,986)

D. Hamilton

Status: Signed
McDonald: Major improvements. Needs fire. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    98%
  •  
    2%

(Total votes: 3,797)

M. Bartkowski

Status: RFA
McDonald: Not a top-four defenseman. Trash him.

Your call?

  •  
    19%
  •  
    81%

(Total votes: 3,808)

J. Boychuk

Status: Signed
McDonald: Proved to be a veteran leader. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    96%
  •  
    4%

(Total votes: 3,775)

Torey Krug

Status: RFA
McDonald: Power-play specialist made strides. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    98%
  •  
    2%

(Total votes: 3,714)

K. Miller

Status: Signed
McDonald: Strength. Power. Poise. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    87%
  •  
    13%

(Total votes: 3,689)

DEFENSEMEN -- INJURED/OTHERS

D. Seidenberg

Status: Signed
McDonald: Absence a big reason B's lost. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    97%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 3,752)

A. McQuaid

Status: Signed
McDonald: Injury prone. Will be replaced. Trash him.

Your call?

  •  
    46%
  •  
    54%

(Total votes: 3,646)

A. Meszaros

Status: UFA
McDonald: Presence didn't help. Trash him.

Your call?

  •  
    5%
  •  
    95%

(Total votes: 3,570)

C. Potter

Status: UFA
McDonald: Will be working elsewhere. Trash him.

Your call?

  •  
    3%
  •  
    97%

(Total votes: 3,537)

GOALIES

Tuukka Rask

Status: Signed
McDonald: Green D hindered his ability to stop puck. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    95%
  •  
    5%

(Total votes: 3,537)

C. Johnson

Status: UFA
McDonald: Proved his worth. Will sign elsewhere. Trash him.

Your call?

  •  
    52%
  •  
    48%

(Total votes: 3,342)

MANAGEMENT

Claude Julien

Position: Coach
McDonald: Early exit not his fault. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    93%
  •  
    7%

(Total votes: 3,409)

Peter Chiarelli

Position: GM
McDonald: Will be second-guessed. Shouldn't be. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    92%
  •  
    8%

(Total votes: 3,212)

Cam Neely

Position: President
McDonald: No one hates losing more than No. 8. Take him.

Your call?

  •  
    96%
  •  
    4%

(Total votes: 3,183)


Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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