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Who should the Boston Bruins trade or let walk?
With a first-round playoff exit following a Stanley Cup championship, the Boston Bruins, despite retaining most of the key players from the 2011 Stanley Cup run, did not look like the same team in the 2012 NHL Playoffs after succumbing to the Capitals in seven games. With this being the case, trade rumors are rampant among the Bruins faithful and the NHL at large. While they are most likely not true, it is highly likely that the Bruins will be doing some rebuilding this summer and I would like you guys to choose either who you think will be traded, walk in free agency, or who you think should be traded or allowed to leave.
Key:
*=Unrestricted Free Agent this summer (2012)
**=Restricted Free Agent this summer (2012)
^= Member of 2011 Stanley Cup championship team

| Closed on 07/02/12 at 11:45PM
FanIQ Pts? No | NHL, Boston Bruins | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
Teams:  Boston Bruins
Team Breakout:
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0%a. Tim Thomas^, G- The Conn Smythe and two-time Vezina Trophy-winner in his 8 year career with the Bruins still put up impressive numbers in 2011-2012 (35-19-1), but is nearing 40 and being pressured for ice time by the two younger goalies on the Bruins.
0%b. Tuukka Rask^**, G- After a breakout season in 2009-2010 (22-12-5), the 25 year-old Finn has been forced to play back-up to Tim Thomas while posting about a .500 record in the past two seasons (22-22-5). He wants a starting job and in his prime.
0%c. Mike Mottau*, D- Mottau only managed to register two assists in 35 games while posting a -11 in 2011-2012, while managing no points in 8 regular season and playoff games. Likely candidate to follow Tomas Kaberle out of Boston.
0%d. Brian Rolston*, RW- After an unsuccessful run with the Islanders in 2011 (9 points in 49 games), Rolston came to the Bruins at the trade deadline in 2012 and posted respectable numbers on the third line (21-3-12-15). Likely to move on or retire.
0%e. Chris Kelly^*, C- A trade deadline acquisition before the Cup run, Kelly has been a stabilizing presence on the third line, posting respectable numbers with the Bruins (60 points in 138 games). Has been awarded the (A) multiple times on the Bruins.
17%f. Daniel Paille^*, LW- Only 28, Paille might have to find another home after the acquisition of Chris Bourque, who is only two years younger but a star in the AHL. Could be looking for a role outside of the fourth line.
0%g. Gregory Campbell^*, C- Another fourth-liner in Boston, Campbell puts up average numbers on the fourth line (51 points in 190 games in Boston), but his production is slightly declining. Still in his 20s, he could fill a third line role elsewhere.
0%h. Joe Corvo*, D- Acquired from Carolina to replace Tomas Kaberle, Corvo, who reached 40 points with Carolina in 2010-2011, couldn't break 25 with Boston in fewer games. Still hungry for a Stanley Cup.
0%i. Jordan Caron, RW- A first round draft pick blooming in the AHL, Caron has showed that he can score in the NHL (Had 15 points in 48 games), but development may be a bit too slow. Could follow the same route as Zach Hamill (traded) if no breakout occurs.
0%j. Greg Zanon*, D- A 2012 trade deadline acquisition from Minnesota, Zanon has only managed to put up three points in his time with the Bruins, but is known more for his defensive and shot-blocking skills. At 31, there is plenty left in the tank indeed.
67%k. Marty Turco*, G- As a late season replacement to cover for Tuukka Rask, Turco didn't exactly shine in Boston (2-2-0, .855, 3.68 GAA). Highly likely to either search for another backup role on a bad team or just retire.
17%l. Benoit Pouliot**, LW- After struggling to put up 20 points in Minnesota, the fourth overall pick in 2007 put up 32 points in Boston this year, his highest point total ever. Excellent third liner.
0%m. Other- Any other player who you feel will leave or who you think should leave (Please comment).

  
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#1 | 819 days ago

Turco rolls
Marty Turco*, G- As a late season replacement to cover for Tuukka Rask, Turco didn't exactly shine in Boston (2-2-0, .855, 3.68 GAA). Highly likely to either search for another backup role on a bad team or just retire.  
#2 | 795 days ago

Pouliot traded because Bruins didn't want to pay him more money. He stood to get two million in arbitration.
Benoit Pouliot**, LW- After struggling to put up 20 points in Minnesota, the fourth overall pick in 2007 put up 32 points in Boston this year, his highest point total ever. Excellent third liner.  
#3 | 793 days ago

This poll is a little out of date and I'm aware of that. It'll be closed in a few days, so there's no need to point out mistakes here. Thanks.
Marty Turco*, G- As a late season replacement to cover for Tuukka Rask, Turco didn't exactly shine in Boston (2-2-0, .855, 3.68 GAA). Highly likely to either search for another backup role on a bad team or just retire.  
#4 | 785 days ago

Results as of July 5, 2012:

Tim Thomas: Plans to take year off from NHL hockey to spend with his family. Likely not to return to Boston in 2013-2014, provided he decides to resume play.

Tuukka Rask: Signed a One year, $3.5 mil deal to stay with the Bruins.

Mike Mottau: Currently an unrestricted free agent.

Brian Rolston: Currently an unrestricted free agent.

Chris Kelly: Re-signed with Boston for 2012-2013.

Daniel Paille: Re-signed with Boston for 2012-2013.

Gregory Campbell: Re-signed with Boston for 2012-2013.

Joe Corvo: Returned to Carolina for a second time on a one year deal.

Jordan Caron: Still under contract with Bruins and his minor league time is most likely up after the depth chart freed up.

Greg Zanon: Signed a two year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Marty Turco: Currently an unrestricted free agent.

Benoit Pouliot: Had rights traded to Tampa Bay Lightning after contract dispute in Boston. Now in Tampa on one year deal.

Boston has yet to make any significant trades or acquisitions on the free agent market, hinting to Boston allowing top prospects such as Dougie Hamilton, Alexander Khokhlachev, and Jordan Caron to get much-needed ice time in the NHL.
Marty Turco*, G- As a late season replacement to cover for Tuukka Rask, Turco didn't exactly shine in Boston (2-2-0, .855, 3.68 GAA). Highly likely to either search for another backup role on a bad team or just retire.  

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