A robust trade market might be Bruins’ best bet at retooling this offseason & other takeaways from Don Sweeney’s end-of-season address

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Don Sweeney held his annual end-of-the-season press conference via Zoom on Wednesday morning — touching on a number of topics, including an unpredictable offseason, pending free agents and much more. Here are a few takeaways from Sweeney’s chat:

Bruins ready to explore trade market:

For as much as a flat salary cap looms large this offseason for just about every team in the NHL, Don Sweeney and the Bruins do have some cap flexibility ahead of what could be a pretty eventful fall for the Original Six franchise.

With over $3 million in dead money coming off the books via buyout cash for Dennis Seidenberg and retained salary from the Matt Beleskey blunder — coupled with the potential departures of Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Joakim Nordstrom and others — Boston should have some fiscal freedom once free agency commences on Oct. 6.

Of course, some of the $15 million in available cap room will need to be allocated to RFAs like Jake DeBrusk and Matt Grzelcyk (along with any other UFAs Boston is able to retain), but Boston should still have some resources available to scour the open market in search of additional pieces for this talented — but imperfect — roster.

But just because Boston has some cash to spend, doesn't mean that it will be the avenue that Sweeney takes when it comes to retooling this team on the fly and setting this core up for at least one more run at the Cup.