Commentary

Bruins: Take 'em or leave 'em?

Updated: October 2, 2013, 3:44 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

The Bruins were just ousted in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, and already we must turn the page toward next season, which is just over three months away.

A winning core is in place, but role players (a scorer, ahem) and depth are needed for the Bruins to reach the heights they have in two of the past three seasons.

Here's where you come in. Step into GM 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


McDonald: 25 goals, 31 assists, 56 points.

Your call?

  •  
    57%
  •  
    43%

(Total votes: 1,115)

Milan Lucic

Status: Signed
McDonald: Monster player when he wants to be. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    96%
  •  
    4%

(Total votes: 5,729)

David Krejci

Status: Signed
McDonald: Can't win without him. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    97%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 5,694)

Nathan Horton

Status: UFA
McDonald: Keep only if hometown discount. Let go.

Your call?

  •  
    59%
  •  
    41%

(Total votes: 5,753)

Brad Marchand

Status: Signed
McDonald: Little ball of hate stays put. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    95%
  •  
    5%

(Total votes: 5,638)

P. Bergeron

Status: Signed
McDonald: Needs to be a life-long Bruin. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    98%
  •  
    2%

(Total votes: 5,665)

Jaromir Jagr

Status: UFA
McDonald: Enjoy the Hall of Fame. Let go.

Your call?

  •  
    17%
  •  
    83%

(Total votes: 5,747)

Rich Peverley

Status: Signed
McDonald: Helped but can go without him. Let go.

Your call?

  •  
    32%
  •  
    68%

(Total votes: 5,475)

Chris Kelly

Status: Signed
McDonald: Leader on and off the ice. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    81%
  •  
    19%

(Total votes: 5,485)

Tyler Seguin

Status: Signed
McDonald: He's draft day trade bait. Trade him.

Your call?

  •  
    82%
  •  
    18%

(Total votes: 5,753)

Daniel Paille

Status: Signed
McDonald: Unsung hero. Sparked 3rd line. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    95%
  •  
    5%

(Total votes: 5,341)

G. Campbell

Status: Signed
McDonald: Absence reason why Bruins lost. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    94%
  •  
    6%

(Total votes: 5,349)

S. Thornton

Status: Signed
McDonald: Need him on the fourth line. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    86%
  •  
    14%

(Total votes: 5,338)

C. Soderberg

Status: Signed
McDonald: Will get a shot next season. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    88%
  •  
    12%

(Total votes: 5,289)

DEFENSEMEN -- TOP-FOUR PAIRS

Zdeno Chara

Status: Signed
McDonald: Struggled, but still a mainstay. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    90%
  •  
    10%

(Total votes: 5,049)

D. Seidenberg

Status: Signed
McDonald: Just as important as Chara. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    94%
  •  
    6%

(Total votes: 4,910)

A. Ference

Status: UFA
McDonald: Should stay but he's gone. Let go.

Your call?

  •  
    34%
  •  
    66%

(Total votes: 4,952)

J. Boychuk

Status: Signed
McDonald: Solid but he is also tradable. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    91%
  •  
    9%

(Total votes: 4,858)

A. McQuaid

Status: Signed
McDonald: Also solid, but also tradable. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    76%
  •  
    24%

(Total votes: 4,800)

Torey Krug

Status: Signed
McDonald: Has a future with this team. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    95%
  •  
    5%

(Total votes: 4,880)

M. Bartkowski

Status: Signed
McDonald: Showed value in playoffs. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    85%
  •  
    15%

(Total votes: 4,715)

D. Hamilton

Status: Signed
McDonald: Has a big future in Boston. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    94%
  •  
    6%

(Total votes: 4,760)

GOALIES

Tuukka Rask

Status: RFA
McDonald: Big payday coming soon. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    95%
  •  
    5%

(Total votes: 4,802)

A. Khudobin

Status: UFA
McDonald: Expect he'll play elsewhere. Let go.

Your call?

  •  
    33%
  •  
    67%

(Total votes: 4,617)

MANAGEMENT

Claude Julien

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

Your call?

  •  
    93%
  •  
    7%

(Total votes: 3,408)

Peter Chiarelli

Position: GM
McDonald: Kudos for creating winning roster. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    96%
  •  
    4%

(Total votes: 4,332)

Cam Neely

Position: President
McDonald: Team prez not going anywhere. Keep.

Your call?

  •  
    96%
  •  
    4%

(Total votes: 4,342)


Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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