Taking a look at the cap situation after the Boychuk extension – next year’s current lineup:
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Lucic – Krejci – Horton
XX – Peverley – Caron/Pouliot
XX – XX – XX
Chara – Boychuk
Seidenberg – Hamilton
Ference – McQuaid
Once again, including Eaves’s $258,333.33 buyout and assuming hard bonuses as well as $2.7m for Rask and $1.1m (Caron’s cap hit) for Caron, Pouliot, or his replacement, this lineup totals $56,610,000. I am not including Savard because the team could send Seguin & Kampfer down to the AHL on a paper move for the first cap day of the season to get under the cap with Savard on the roster then LTIR him. Given the cap uncertainty, let’s assume a $1.3m drop in the cap from the current $64.3m to $63m.
In this scenario, there are five forward slots to fill with $6,390,000 in cap space. Kelly looks to be in line for a Kopecky-type, 4 year/$3m AAV contract given Kopecky’s 15g-27a breakout year before hitting UFA, their similar penalty-killing acumen, Stanley Cup-champion pedigree, and age (Kelly is a year older). In my eyes, unless a move is made with Krejci, Kelly is as good as gone.
I believe all three of Paille/Campbell/Thornton will be retained at a ~ $1m raise on their collective AAVs this season - +$500k for Campbell ($1.6m AAV), +$325k for Paille ($1.4m AAV), and an even $1m cap hit ($178,500 raise) for Thornton. That leaves the Bruins with a 3rd line left-wing and 13th
forward slot to fill with $2,390,000 in cap space. Bring up MacDermid on a two year, one-way $525,000 deal to be the 13th and that leaves space to go after a winger in free agency or give the spot to one of Knight/Spooner.
Edited by PedroSpecialK, 15 February 2012 - 11:54 AM.