It is very likely that Sweeney will need to make a trade to accommodate new contracts to 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 2 cores or will he need to move an integral cog in their lineup?
Sweeney has been feverishly trying to maneuver 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 at the moment is not that no team will take on that contract but the asking cost to do so is that the Bruins include a first-round choice to sweeten the blow. With 2020 expected to be among those greater drafts lately, Sweeney – like GM’s – is unwilling to part with a first rounder.
So unless he could move the likes of defenseman Kevan Miller who’s entering his walk with a $2.5 million cap hit, or defenseman John Moore, who has four years at $2.7 million left, then Sweeney will either have to do bridge deals with McAvoy and Carlo or move a participant like Krejci, who has two years left at $7.2 million. The best way Sweeney finagles himself from this pickle is something to keep an eye on if 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 at the Stanley Cup? Can they win it this time?
For those that only follow me here, 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 that they dropped to the St. Louis Blues. The Bruins are currently +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? At +1000, yes they are, but I’m here to let you know the reason they are and why they may not pay off come next June.
The Bruins can acquire the 2020 Stanley Cup if general manager Don Sweeney is able to pull some salary cap magic. As of this moment, the Bruins still have youth cores and their veteran intact. Yes, they dropped forwards Marcus Johansson – who was huge in the Stanley Cup playoffs for them – and Noel Acciari to unrestricted free agency, but the veteran team of forwards Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, in addition to goalie Tuukka Rask, stay intact. Sweeney was 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. However, Sweeney now has to lock his two key staying RFA’s at defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo and he has $8.1 million to achieve that.
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