It is very probable that Sweeney needs to generate a trade to accommodate new contracts to the budding celebrity McAvoy and the young stay at home defenseman Carlo, and the question now is will it be a move 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 move veteran fourth line forward David Backes and the two years using a $6 million cap hit per year left on his contract. The main issue right now isn’t that no staff will take on that contract but the asking price to do so is the Bruins include a first-round pick to sweeten the blowoff. With 2020 expected to become one of the better drafts in recent memory, Sweeney – like most GM’s – is unwilling to part with a first rounder.
So unless he can proceed 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 in $2.7 million left, subsequently Sweeney will either have to perform bridge deals with McAvoy and Carlo or transfer a participant like Krejci, who has 2 years left at $7.2 million. The best way Sweeney finagles himself out of the pickle is something to keep an eye on when debating whether or not to go large on the Bruins to win it all in 2019-20. Would the Boston Bruins be destined for another chance in the Stanley Cup? Will they win it this time?
For those who only follow me here, I have been covering the Boston Bruins for 16 of the past 18 seasons. I recently coated their run to Game 7 of those 2019 Stanley Cup that they lost to the St. Louis Blues. The Bruins are now +1000 to win that final game and become Stanley Cup Champions for the second time in nine seasons. Are they worth a future bet for you? At +1000, yes they are, but I am here to let you know why they are and why they may not pay off come next June.
The Bruins can win against the 2020 Stanley Cup if general manager Don Sweeney can pull some salary limit magic. As of now, the Bruins still have youth cores and their veteran intact. Yes, they lost forward Marcus Johansson – who had been huge at the Stanley Cup playoffs for them and Noel Acciari to unrestricted free agency, but also 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 needs to lock up his two primary staying RFA’s at defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo and that he only has $8.1 million to do so.
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