The Boston Bruins have made very little changes so far, and it doesn’t look like they’ll make significant changes at all this offseason. This is particularly due to the teams lack of cap space.
Last season, the Boston Bruins signed Jarome Iginla to a bonus heavy deal. At the start, Iginla was a $1.8 million cap hit. Counting Iginla’s bonuses at the end of the season, however, gave him an additional $4.2 million which also counts against the Bruins cap.
This has proved to be a huge problem for the Bruins. With 11 restricted free agents to re-sign, as well as a right wing replacement due to the loss of Jarome Iginla, the Bruins only have $1,640,857 in cap space to get it all done.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli admitted that he was exploring ways to re-sign Iginla, however he also realized he had to be cognizant of the teams future.
The Bruins have many players that are going to be Unrestricted Free Agents next season. Those players include David Krejci, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Carl Soderberg, Johnny Boychuk, and Adam McQuaid.
Re-signing Iginla to another bonus-heavy contract would cause an issue with re-signing some of Boston’s core players, which is the main reason as to why Chiarelli decided to let Iginla go.
Chiarelli is also very comfortable with letting the young-guns in Providence play in the big league. After Shawn Thornton signed with the Florida Panthers, the Bruins have an empty slot on the fourth line which could be occupied by either Justin Florek or Matt Fraser.
If the Bruins were to make any significant changes this off season, it would most likely be a trade that would relieve cap space, enabling Chiarelli to give Torey Krug and Reilly Smith the pay raise they deserve.