Boston Bruins Staying Quiet This Offseason And For A Good Reason
The Boston Bruins have had a real lack of movement this offseason. And that is fine. In the past, we have seen the team make moves to overextend themselves in the offseason.
Just last year they pulled the trigger on a veteran forward in David Backes and locked the wrong side of 30 players up to a five-year deal. This offseason, the B’s largest move was signing the AHL MVP, Kenneth Agostino to a one-year deal worth $825,000.
Other deals included resigning two former PC Friar skaters Tim Schaller and Noel Acciari. The only true NHL free agent signing was that of 28-year-old right-shot defenseman Paul Postma. His deal is worth $725,000.
Other than drafting, these are the only moves Boston has made in terms of additions or resigning at the moment. The cap space for Don Sweeney is just over $12.8 million, which may seem like a lot. But with Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak still unsigned, it is a tight window for Sweeney to manage.
With two key pieces unsigned he has to make sure any deal he makes with other players doesn’t hinder his ability to resign Pasta or Spooner. Both are RFA’s, but both will cost a pretty penny.
The rumored value that Spooner is looking for is $3 million a year according to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE. Pastrnak is the tougher puzzle piece. His value is pegged at a $5-7 million per year range, but at the moment it looks closer to the $6-7.5 million range with the negotiations still ongoing.
If you take away both of their numbers from the cap room Sweeney is looking at anywhere between $2-4 million to play with in terms of signing free agents. Of course, he could make a trade and match up contracts.
It is looking like Sweeney is focused on resigning both while Head Coach Bruce Cassidy is focused on developing the young players that the organization has in dozens.