Bruins Acquire Pavel Zacha

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I think that's a real nice piece of business. Assuming Bergy and Krejci are back, Haula's kind of in no[mans land on the roster and didn't perform great when he was in the bottom 6 last year. Zacha can play LW but also has some upside as a possible center. Gives them a little cover for the future.

Evolving Hockey projects his AAV at around $4.5 million. He is arb eligible, so he could open up a new buyout window for Foligno.
 

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With this trade, this team now has way more questions than answers.

Where are they getting the cap space to bring back Bergy and Krejci (as reported) while signing Zacha?

Have to think this is the end for Studnicka, unless Montgomery is ok with a skilled/young 4th line vs a traditional grinder/tough 4th line.

Who fills the 3rd line LW spot now?
 

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I love this move. $0 to acquire Haula, parlayed into an unsigned younger player with a higher likelihood of being a top 6 C. That's how UFA forays should work when using an asset as valuable as cap space.

$6.8m of Foligno / Forbort to move but gotta start somewhere
 

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Assuming Krejci and Bergy are back, who centers L3 and L4? Zacha and Coyle? Doubt either of those guys are going to L4.
Zacha to LW on Coyle's 3rd line when at full strength for this year. I like the move for Zacha.
 

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Zacha to LW on Coyle's 3rd line when at full strength for this year. I like the move for Zacha.
You may be right, but Marshy, Hall, and JDB are all LH. Meanwhile for RHs it's Pasta, Smith, and flotsam. IOW, if Zacha and Coyle are both in the top 3 lines, might be more likely that Zacha centers L3, and Coyle moves to RW.

But I'm tired and I feel like JDB may play on his off wing (RW) some? Anywhere to check this stuff?
 

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You may be right, but Marshy, Hall, and JDB are all LH. Meanwhile for RHs it's Pasta, Smith, and flotsam. IOW, if Zacha and Coyle are both in the top 3 lines, might be more likely that Zacha centers L3, and Coyle moves to RW.

But I'm tired and I feel like JDB may play on his off wing (RW) some? Anywhere to check this stuff?
That's exactly what he did after they went with Marchand-Bergeron-JdB/Hall-Haula-Pastrnak. He can certainly do it, it's a question of whether Monty will have the same hang-up with wingers and defencemen playing their off-side that Butch had or not.

So, with that possibility, when healthy, you can go:

Marchand-Bergeron-DeBrusk
Hall-Krejci-Pastrnak
Zacha-Coyle-Smith
Frederic-Nosek-Foligno/AHL filler

That is a decent little forward corps.
 
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This is a great move from a roster perspective. Zacha has been a bit of a disappointment but he's a skilled guy and he's equally effective at LW and C. He's a bigger, more skilled Eric Haula who is more expensive but also way younger. Maybe he can be unlocked in a more structured system.
 

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It's hard to really slot Zacha in until we know what the rest of the roster looks like.

If Bergy and/or Krejci don't return he probably plays center. IF those two are back, then he's probably a winger in the short term and there's also a lot of otther moving parts for cap purposes.
 

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Zacha doing his intro. Lot's of connections to Boston and the team. He was already spending his summers here, which started when he would train with Brian Boyle and Jimmy Hayes. He even bought a place in Boston last year, so not much of a move. He and Zboril were best friends growing up, and he also has spent time playing with Pasta.

He too received the welcome aboard phone call from Patrice Bergeron yesterday, and is excited to have Bergy as captain (FWIW)
 

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This one is kind of meh, but I understand it. I would've paid a bit higher AAV to buy a UFA year or two. I get it, they're in a cap jam this year with flexibility next year so they budged on term to get the lowest cap possible, but if he pops he's going to be expensive to retain. They also only gave up Erik Haula for him so they haven't made a huge investment if he ultimately walks after the year. So it nets out as a meh from me.
 

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This one is kind of meh, but I understand it. I would've paid a bit higher AAV to buy a UFA year or two. I get it, they're in a cap jam this year with flexibility next year so they budged on term to get the lowest cap possible, but if he pops he's going to be expensive to retain. They also only gave up Erik Haula for him so they haven't made a huge investment if he ultimately walks after the year. So it nets out as a meh from me.
Given what Krejci's and Bergeron's deals say about the future (it would appear to be *now*), I think they see maximum flexibility as the primary consideration and retention cost as not much of a consideration at all.
 

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He has four of the same 5 letters from "Chara," so this is the best they could do on that end in getting the band back together.
 

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Given what Krejci's and Bergeron's deals say about the future (it would appear to be *now*), I think they see maximum flexibility as the primary consideration and retention cost as not much of a consideration at all.
Right: it really feels (to my very untrained eye) like they're setting up for a run next year, and then it's getting blown the fuck up.