claremont Posted May 1 Report Share Posted May 1 Talk about a swing and a miss - Bruins went for it giving up their 1st and 2nd round picks for each of the next 2 years. Somehow this team when you think they should be on the decline, finds a way to rebound. Taking a look at their roster on cap friendly and projecting their future as follows; 1) Current roster has 7 forwards, 6D, 1 G under contract with a dead cap hit of Mike Reilly of $1.875M. Their cap room is $10.6M however puckpedia says they have performance bonus hangover of $4.5M (likely Bergeron and Krecji) which is a significant impairment. Couple that with Swayman who is their goalie of the future who will probably get a minimum $4M contract. Kind of suggests Ullmark could be on the market? Trent Frederic their 3rd line centre (17g, 14a) is also an RFA, and will be due a bump in salary - maybe $2M or more 2) The only good news for the Bruins is their D is pretty solid - McAvoy, and Lindholm are locked up for 5 more years, Carlo for 4, with moderate cost LHD of Grzelcyk - $3.7M 1 year and Forbert - $3, and Jakub Zboril Cheap journeyman. Suspect they try to resign RHD Connor Clifton or a cheap UFA like Justin Holl. Secondly they have a trio of low cost forwards at $900k - $925K that absolutely have to make their roster - C - Beecher, LW Merkulov, RW Lysell, all who have reasonable development stats in the AHL 3) Bergeron at 38 and Krecji at 37 unlikely to comeback for low cost contracts It's very doubtful, the habs make any deal with the Bruins. First, the bruins don't have much in trade chips - prospects or picks and secondly they are a division rival. Boston appears to need a lot of help with their cap management. One would think Mike Reilly's contract of $3M has to be moved by giving up a draft pick like a 3rd round or lower level prospect like C - Brett Harrison, to avoid that dead cap hit. LW - Taylor Hall (32 - November with 2 more years at $6M for a 20 goal scorer and a 10 team NTC), and C - Charlie Coyle (31 - 16g, 20a with a 10 team NTC, with 3 more yuears at $5.25M) and the previously mentioned Ulmark (almost 30 - $5m for 2 more years with a16 team NTC) IMO will be difficult to move. I conclude that the Bruins are in a cap hell situation. Perhaps someone offer sheets a Trent Frederic to cause them some pain. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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