You know, aside from the whole suspended season, threat of no Stanley Cup and a looming expansion draft in 2021, Don Sweeney and the Bruins should be breathing a little easier when this offseason finally arrives.
I kid, I kid. After all, we don’t know exactly when we can expect a regular offseason — given that there’s a viable scenario in which NHL clubs are battling for Lord Stanley’s Cup in the mid-to-late summer or early fall.
But, when the offseason does come around (Stanley Cup or not) the Bruins are in a rather favorable position — capable of retaining most of their talent thanks to a hefty amount of dead money coming off the books, and a nice boost in the league’s salary-cap limit.
Well, at least that was the thinking a couple of weeks ago.
The final total would be calculated by just how much the NHL Players’ Association opted to inflate the upper limit, but even at the lowest estimate of $84 million, the Bruins had to feel as though they were in a good spot as far as keeping the band together for at least a couple more seasons.
But now, that salary-cap boost is far from a guarantee. Given the circumstances, keeping that ceiling at the same $81.5-million threshold might very well be the best-case scenario for the league and teams at this point — even if it creates a slew of new headaches this offseason.