bruins news and possible buyouts

The draft itself comes smack dab in the middle of the NHL’s two-week buyout window leading up to July 1 free agency. During Chiarelli’s four years on Causeway St., he has bought out the likes of Peter Schaefer , Glen Murray , and Patrick Eaves (a procedure crafted around the Aaron Ward trade to Carolina and the UFA acquisition of Derek Morris ).

Michael Ryder would have to be considered a possible buyout this June, given his futile regular-season campaign. He showed a little more life and pop in the playoffs, but enough to keep him on the books at $4 million? It could be that a $2.64 million savings against the cap will be a more attractive figure to Boston’s front office.

Marco Sturm cannot be bought out because of a knee injury and he has one year left at $3.5 million. If he were convinced that the road back is too long, just as Alexei Zhamnov was when Mike O’Connell was GM, then he could call it quits with full pay (much of it covered by insurance) and his cap figure would be deleted from the 2010-11 payroll.

Blake Wheeler , a restricted free agent July 1, carried a cap hit of $2.825 million last season. He is a prime candidate to be dealt, following a sophomore season that was maddeningly inconsistent. Add up a Ryder buyout, a Sturm walkaway, and a Wheeler trade, and that’s some $9 million in cap money jingling in Chiarelli’s deepened pocket. It certainly would make for more shopping power, some of it no doubt to be spent on securing unrestricted free agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a new deal.

2 Responses to bruins news and possible buyouts

  1. Boston_Bruins says:

    Alexandrov was FINALLY signed. I've been waiting for this for so long. He's the Bruins puck-moving d-man of the future so maybe Wideman becomes expendable now.

  2. number15 says:

    buy out Tuuka Rask and Zdeno Chara…. so they can sign with Toronto at discount

    in exchange, Brian Burke will not proceed with asking Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin to announce retirement and be picked in the 3rd round by Toronto.

    think about it……. this is not a threat, just a hint [wink-wink]

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