Bruins gearing up for a retool, decisions loom as offseason takes shape

Published June 29, 2023 at 12:52

The Boston Bruins find themselves in a precarious salary cap situation as they enter the offseason.

Team president Cam Neely and general manager Don Sweeney addressed the media during their pre-draft availability, shedding light on the team's outlook.

With pending retirements of captain Patrice Bergeron and veteran center David Krejci looming, the Bruins are tight against the salary cap.

Neely acknowledged that they haven't faced such a crunch in a long time and will need to navigate through significant challenges.

In an effort to alleviate the cap pressure, the Bruins made a trade, sending Taylor Hall's contract and Nick Foligno's negotiating rights to the Chicago Blackhawks.

With $10.9 million in projected cap space, the Bruins will need to make tough decisions on retaining key unrestricted free agents. While there were hopes for additional cap-clearing trades, Sweeney indicated that might not be the case.

The Bruins aim to strike a balance between clearing space, adding draft capital, and providing opportunities for younger players.

Despite the disappointment of their early playoff exit, Neely emphasized the importance of learning from the experience and making necessary adjustments moving forward.

Source: Bostonhockeynow
June 29   |   56 answers
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