“Hey, remember...?” is a lighthearted look back at some of the lesser-known former Bruins we’ve seen pass through these parts in recent years. They might not have been stars and might not be the first guys you’d think of as “former Bruins,” but they’ve all got unique stories.
Who? Peter Schaefer
When did he play here? 2007-2008
What were his stats? 70GP, 10G, 20A, 30PTS
What happened after the Bruins? He had a cup of coffee with the Vancouver Canucks before finishing his career in Germany.
Like Alexei Zhamnov, Peter Schaefer was a guy who came to Boston with a decent pedigree, but never really panned out.
Schaefer was acquired via trade with the Ottawa Senators in July of 2007. The Bruins sent winger Shean Donovan (who could be appearing in this series at some point) to the Senators in exchange for Schaefer, who was penciled in to be the B’s first-line left wing.
If you remember, expectations weren’t exactly high heading into the 2007-2008 season. The Bruins didn’t have a ton of firepower, and Schaefer was brought in to address that need.
Schaefer had been productive in Ottawa, particularly in his last two seasons with the Sens. He put up 96 points in 160 regular season games over those two years, chipping in 13 points in 24 playoff games as well.
Things started out decently enough for Schaefer, as he recorded 6 points in his first 11 games with the Bruins. Not exactly setting the world on fire, no, but on a pace similar to his Ottawa days.
It went down hill from there, as Schaefer struggled to put up points. He only had four goals through the month of November, which isn’t going to cut it when you’re playing with one of the league’s best assist-men in Marc Savard.
Schaefer began to get shuffled around the lineup and saw his ice time plummet; presumably, that didn’t do much for his confidence.
Schaefer ended up finishing the season with 9 goals and 17 assists in 63 games. That 26 points was his lowest total since his first season in Ottawa. Not ideal!
So things got better after his first season, right? Wrong. Schaefer didn’t even crack the roster out of training camp, instead being waived and ending up in Providence. He was a good citizen down there, putting up the same 26 points in 47 AHL games.
After that season, the normally cash-conscious Bruins did something out of character: they bought him out. They ended up eating some money against the cap to get him out of town, allegedly to give him a chance to play elsewhere.
Schaefer made the Vancouver Canucks roster out of training camp the next season but was waived after a dozen or so games. He made his way over to Germany, where he played for a season before retiring.
Schaefer eventually made his way into the coaching and management ranks in Canadian junior hockey.
While his tenure in Boston may not have been great overall, he played a pretty pivotal role in two of the biggest games of that season.
He drew a penalty and earned a secondary assist on Marc Savard’s OT goal in Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs, the first time that season that the B’s beat Montreal.
A few games later, he assisted on Vladimir Sobotka’s game-tying goal in Game 6. Yes, THAT Game 6.
We’ll always have that series, Peter.