Don Sweeney and the Bruins are going to have their work cut out for them this summer when it comes to keeping a roster currently on pace for a Presidents' Trophy intact beyond the 2019-20 campaign.
But when compared to the cap crunch Boston faced last summer (a little over $12 million set aside for pending RFAs in Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen), the 2020 offseason might seem a walk in the park for Boston’s front office.
Still, even if Boston has a bit more capital to spend, multiple questions still loom once free agency commences — headlined by Torey Krug and the sizable pay raise heading his way.
But he’s far from the only B’s player due for a financial lift in the coming months. Zdeno Chara, Jaroslav Halak and Joakim Nordstrom will also hit the open market, while four more regulars on Boston’s NHL roster are set to enter restricted free agency in Matt Grzelcyk, Jake DeBrusk, Anders Bjork and Karson Kuhlman.
Boston does have the luxury of having some dead money come off the books to help aid in its offseason pursuits.
Over $3 million will be freed up when both the final chunk of Dennis Seidenberg's buyout deal and Matt Beleskey’s deferred salary are cashed out for good — while Boston will also only be saddled with $1.5 million of David Backes’ $6 million cap hit next year thanks to last month’s trade with the Ducks.
But even more cap relief — or rather room — could be on the way for a B’s team looking to capitalize on its current championship window.