Bob McKenzie broke the signing earlier today and announced the contract to be front loaded with a 4.2 cap hit over seven years. With the playmaking center locked in, where does this leave the Bruins?
Surprisingly better than you would expect.
After this year, Boston has both goalies, seven forwards and three defenseman signed with over 12 million in cap space. Assuming at least four million goes to keeping Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart that leaves them with 8 million to sign four forwards and two defensemen. This would give the needed signings an average of 1.3 million per player. If the team decides to use this space on young players on entry-level deals like Vladamir Sobotka (750K cap hit) or Brad Marchand (821,666 cap hit) then the team can spend up to 1.6 million on each player and so forth. In the last free agency period, solid players like Vaclav Prospal and Maxim Afinogenov signed for around a million.
Trading Phil Kessel proved to be an invaluable move for the Bruins and is looking better every time the Leafs lose. With Kessel they would have one more scorer while without him they are able to field an actual team.
Now with their superstar center signed way under market value, the Bruins can focus on winning. For the complete salaries of the players discussed, click here. All research done courtesy of capgeek.com
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