B’s have room to move
The Bruins have some $3.1 million in open salary cap space, and could more than double that number if injured center Marc Savard were placed on the long-term injury list. Given that much free cash, many B’s fans seem eager for trades to strengthen an already powerful team.
The Bruins are keeping an eye out for possible deals, but there is obviously no urgent need for any upgrades. Indeed, general manager Peter Chiarelli is probably wise to watch his pennies, with a long list of important free agents to re-sign before next season.
The Bruins got maybe the most important potential free agent, center David Krejci, taken care of Wednesday with a three-year, $15.75 million extension. But they’ll still have Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Johnny Boychuk and Joe Corvo all due for unrestricted free agent status, and Tuukka Rask and Benoit Pouliot as restricted free agents.
“We’ve got a lot of cap space and we’ve got (long-term injury) space, so we’re in a good position to do something,” Chiarelli said last week. “But we’ve won 12 out of 13 (games). My point is, the timing has to be right and the player has to be right. It’s hard to find the right time, especially when you’ve won 12 out of 13 — and when there really aren’t a lot of players available now.
“I’m always looking. I’m not actively seeking a player, but I’m listening to teams and seeing where the market is.”
Chiarelli said it’s a different feeling to have the cap flexibility that makes deals possible. Many times in recent years, he saw attractive deals available, but was unable to act because of fiscal restraints.
“We’re obviously in a better position now,” he said.