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Boston Bruins Rumors: What Will Sweeney Do With Cap Space?

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Boston Bruins Rumors: What Will Don Sweeney Do With Cap Space?

The Boston Bruins have $13.5 million in cap space for this upcoming NHL season. But with David Pastrnak still unsigned. There is a good chance Pastrnak will eat up 50% or more of the available cap space that the Bruins have.

Boston also has yet to comment on whether they have any interest in bringing back their three UFA players which are Drew Stafford, Dominic Moore, and John-Michael Liles.

Of the three, the one that provides the most value is Moore who signed a one-year deal last offseason for $1 million. In 2016-17 Moore played in 82 games and recorded 25 points for the Boston Bruins.

In terms of free agency, Boston has been connected to former Boston University defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk who is now 28-years-old. Last season the right-shot d-man posted an impressive 14-42—56. The issue with Shattenkirk is he is a right-shot, and Boston desperately needs a left-shot d-man. With Boston deciding to not qualify Joe Morrow there is a left side roster spot open next season in Boston.

If GM Don Sweeney decides to stay within the organization he has as few options including Matt Grzelcyk, Rob O’Gara, or Tommy Cross. It’s also possible that Liles returns, but his salary of $2 million last season would need to come down significantly, say $1 million to $1.25 million.

With Pastrnak’s contract likely taking half of the available cap space, Sweeney will likely have around $6.5 to $7 million to play with in free agency or in acquiring a salary via a trade. A player such as Shattenkirk will warrant a cap hit ranging from $3-to $5 million per season. Not really something Boston can afford with their current cap situation. But if Sweeney plays his cards right, there are ways he can afford to bring on a solid d-man and remain under the cap.

The question now will be how much Pastrnak signs for and how long he holds out.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Bruins Already Having Injury Problem

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Bruins Injury Updates Have Begun

Today GM Don Sweeney has given an update on a few injured players.

Matt Beleskey who which is not a big deal since he might not even make the team is day-to-day with a foot contusion. This happened is the B’s last preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens

Jakub Forsbacka Karlsson is day-to-day as well with an upper-body injury that he received in the game against Detroit on September 19th. Hopefully, this is nothing because he was a kid that was slotted to make a roster spot.

Last is Torrey Krug who will be out for at least three weeks pending a re-evaluation at that time. He was hit in the jaw with the puck and suffered a non-displaced fracture. It occurred in the game against Detroit.

Also on another note, the team has sent Jack Studnicka and Kyle Keyser back to the OHL.

The biggest injury is with JFK, now some may say Krug but I think the B’s can find a replacement for him. McAvoy will most likely take over on the power play and maybe this opens the door for a guy like Rob O’Gara or Matt Grzelcyk. Other than these few hiccups Boston should be a fun team to watch this season. Especially if they stay as young as they have in camp and the preseason games.

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The 7th Floor Show: Bruins Sign Pastrnak, Start Of Camp Thoughts

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Boston Bruins Take Down Montreal In Preseason Game 1

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Bruins Grab First Win Of The Preseason

Boston took on the Canadiens last night in Quebec City and came out with a victory. Last nights team was all about the kids. Unfortnitally the game was not aired on TV in Boston. the Bruins defeated Montreal 3-2.

From what I have read from people that saw the game is that the kids were very impressive. Tim Schaller, Anders Bjork, and Jesse Gabrielle were the goal scorers. As the whole, the team seems like they are in a good spot to be competitive this season. Especially with all of the prospects on the roster that are eyeing a spot in the big club.

The most impressive was last years NCAA Hobey Baker Finalist Anders Bjork. Bjork scored his first goal in a Bruins uniform last night. Also, the word on the street is that his chemistry with the team is growing. Look for him to grab a top-six spot on the roster heading into the season.

Here is Anders Bjork on his first goal in. A very hockey guy answer:

 

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