It is very probable that Sweeney will need to make a trade to accommodate new contracts for the budding superstar McAvoy and the young stay at home defenseman Carlo, and the question now is will it be a transfer that doesn’t radically change the two cores or will he have to move an integral cog in their lineup?
Sweeney has been feverishly trying to maneuver veteran fourth line forward David Backes and also the 2 years with a $6 million cap hit per year left on his contract. The main issue at the moment is not that no staff will take on that contract but the asking cost to do so is that the Bruins add a first-round pick to sweeten the blow. With 2020 anticipated to be among the greater drafts in recent memory, Sweeney – such as most GM’s – is reluctant to part with a first rounder.
So unless he can move the likes of defenseman Kevan Miller who’s entering his walk year with a $2.5 million cap hit, or defenseman John Moore, who’s four years at $2.7 million left, subsequently Sweeney will have to perform bridge deals with McAvoy and Carlo or transfer a player like Krejci, who has 2 years left at $7.2 million. How Sweeney finagles himself out of this pickle is something to keep an eye on if debating whether or not to go big on the Bruins to win it all in 2019-20. Would the Boston Bruins be destined for another chance at the Stanley Cup? Can they win it this time?
For those that only follow me , I have been covering the Boston Bruins for 16 of the past 18 seasons. I recently covered their conduct to Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup they dropped to the St. Louis Blues. The Bruins are now +1000 to win this final game and eventually become Stanley Cup Champions for the second time in fourteen days. Are they worth a wager for you? In +1000, yes they are, but I’m here to let you know the reason they are and why they might not pay off come next June.
The Bruins can acquire the 2020 Stanley Cup if general director Don Sweeney is able to pull some salary cap magical. As of this moment, the Bruins still have their veteran and childhood cores intact. Yes, they dropped forwards Marcus Johansson – who had been enormous in the Stanley Cup playoffs for them and Noel Acciari to unrestricted free agency, but the veteran group of forwards Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, as well as goalie Tuukka Rask, remain intact. Sweeney was recently able to avoid arbitration with 24-year old restricted free agent forward Danton Heinen, signing him to a two-year deal worth $5.8 million. But, Sweeney now has to lock his two primary staying RFA’s in defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo and he only has $8.1 million to achieve that.
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