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.
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.