The Skate Podcast: Bruins should focus more on present than future

Matt Kalman
July 30, 2019 - 6:08 pm

The July 30, 2019 edition of The Skate Podcast featured co-hosts Ken Laird and Matt Kalman taking their first-ever podcast callers, and some heated debate about the Bruins’ salary-cap situation and whether it’s smart to invest more than 12 percent of a team’s salary cap in a goaltender.

It’s pretty apparent the Bruins are going to have to give in to restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, especially McAvoy, and then they’re going to have to find a way to improve their top six up front.

Kalman said it’s time to mortgage some of the future for returns in the present.

“Aren’t you sick and tired as a Bruins fan as a Bruins person covering the team, of hearing about the future and four years down the road, eight years down the road? We may not even be there by then. I mean look at the world, what’s going on our there, who the hell knows what’s going to happen?” he said.

Kalman and Laird then debated when Andrei Vasilevskiy’s $9.5 million contract extension was a wise move by Tampa Bay and discussed Kalman’s column that argued it’s not smart to spend that much on one goaltender because this is now a two-goaltender NHL.

Then came the calls. Paul Faria of West Warwick, R.I., weighed in on the Bruins’ biggest need this offseason. He said: “My biggest concern is we don’t have anybody playing right wing. You know Pasta’s great, I love him, but what is he? Is he the guy that’s going to get us to the playoffs? Well once we get there we need secondary scoring, he hasn’t been able to be consistent enough. So we need somebody else to step up.”

Bob Smith from Jacksonville, Fla., has been a lifelong Bruins fan despite never living in New England. He said the Bruins have to cajole David Backes to accept a trade or retire so that he can go out with some dignity, even if it means offering him a job in the front office.

 “That way if we win the Cup he still gets his name on the Cup,” Bob said.

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