NHL Notebook: Bruins still bracing for cap crunch despite potential hometown discount for Krug, Jacobs hands off ownership to family & more

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It’s been 87 days since the Bruins' season came to a close and a summer headlined by the looming contract status of Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo began

And for 87 days, the status of negotiations between Boston and its pair of cornerstone blue-line skaters has lingered around the club — with no end currently in sight. 

Outside of the RFA front, it has largely been an uneventful offseason for the Bruins, especially with so many key cogs slated to return for the 2019-20 campaign. 

For now, Boston’s top priority remains keeping McAvoy and Carlo in the fold for the foreseeable future. And while these negotiations have dragged on for quite some time, the Bruins at least have the luxury of dealing with restricted free agents that are still under team control.

Next year, however, proves to be much more challenging when it comes to keeping this same core together, especially on the blue line.