After announcing the waiving of Jordan Caron and the trade of Johnny Boychuk to the Islanders. Don't be surprised to see the Bruins make a few more changes. The Bruins significantly changed their Salary Cap position by making these bold moves today. What was a cap overage of $69.268 with Matt Fraser on the roster and Marc Savard on the LTIR. This leaves 2 goaltenders ( Rask and Svedberg), 7 defensemen ( Chara, Hamilton, Krug, Bartkowski, Miller, McQuaid and Seidenberg), and 11 forwards ( Lucic, Krejci, Eriksson, Marchand, Bergeron, Smith, Kelly, Soderberg, Fraser, Paille and Campbell). The new Salary Cap hit is $65.301 million with this roster. This leaves $3.699 in cap space.
Theroretically, you could add Ryan Spooner and Justin Florek and Zach Trotman to the roster, thus filling in the number on the roster to 23. The added costs of these players would be, Spooner at $870 thousand, Florek at $600 thousand and Trotman for $625 thousand, totaling $2.095 million. Thus leaving the Bruins with a cap gap of $1.604 million to start the season and some wiggle room to enter trade talks and/or replace injured players as the need arises.
While no Bruin fan will be happy with this trade, sometimes these business decisions have to be made to get other work done. The Bruins can now start the season without the pressure of being shackled by the salary cap and can be free to look forward to having room to sign next years free agents. I happen to think that moving Boychuk, the teams number four slotted defenseman, the Bruins will use one or two of their Providence products or possibly one of the draft picks received to find an eventual replacement before the trade deadline in March 2015. It's a long season and starting the season will a full roster and comfortably under the salary cap is more important that worrying about how your team will look heading into the playoffs nine months from now. The core is still there and deals can still be made and we get to see other things develop before the decisions have to be made. Now that Caron has been waived and Boychuk traded, I have a feeling the Bruins have only just started to make the moves that will make the Bruins as competitive as they ever were come playoff time. There may be another trade aligned with another team or two or we may get to see some generous call ups of players from Providence during the season. My experience is that a trade such as todays is often the start of a domino effect of different tweaks to get the team established for the challenge of competing for the Stanley Cup later. Let's not panic or forget that this is still a very good and capable hockey team today.
The Madness Grows!
Until Next Time!