Mon Jul 26 05:35pm EDT
The wheels might yet be in motion for Tyler Seguin to return to the OHL's Plymouth Whalers.
The Boston Bruins' salary-cap squeeze ($12,229 in cap space) is causing them enough trouble just fitting in an established young forward, Blake Wheeler. The Bruins might have to do some shuffling just to fit in Wheeler, 23, pending the result of his scheduled arbitration hearing on Tuesday.
That raises the question of how Boston can also fit in the No. 2 overall draft choice for this season. (Their situation improves considerably after 2010-11.)
Seguin, under his entry-level NHL deal, could have a cap hit as high as $3.75 million. It's hard to see why Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli would further shake up his roster when it is not a sure thing that Seguin can be a NHL regular at 18. As previously noted, the Bruins would probably do so if it was a no-doubter.
Much greater hockey minds seem divided on whether Seguin is ready now or could buy some time by remaining in a developmental league.
Point being, there is a win-win-win on the horizon. In Major League Baseball, teams and the media always talk about players' controllable years and their free-agency clock. Having Seguin play in Plymouth keeps the clock rolling through a little more of what should be his NHL prime. He might have little left to prove in the Ontario Hockey League after beating out Taylor Hall for MVP honours, but that's not really the question.
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