With the 2019-20 NHL season on hold we are going to take at where each NHL team stands at this moment until the season resumes. Here we take a look at the long-term outlook for the Boston Bruins.
Pending Free Agents
Joakim Nordstrom (UFA)
Anders Bjork (RFA)
Jake DeBrusk (RFA)
Torey Krug (UFA)
Zdeno Chara (UFA)
Matt Grzleyck (RFA)
Jaroslav Halak (UFA)
Kevan Miller (UFA)
The Bruins have two big things going for them to maintain a pretty big window for Stanley Cup contention.
The most important is that they have a great core of talent to build around in David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, David Krejci, and Brandon Carlo.
Along with that is the fact they have a significant portion of their team signed long-term on deals that not only have term, but are also below market value. Nobody on the team carries a salary cap hit of greater than $7.25 million (Krejci) while only two players (Krejci and starting goalie Tuukka Rask) count for more than $7 million against the cap in a single season.
The quartet of Marchand, Bergeron, Pastrnak, and McAvoy, for example, takes up less than $25 million in salary cap space per season through the end of the 2021-22 season. That not only keeps a tremendous group of players together, it gives the team the type of salary cap flexibility it needs to build a powerhouse team around them. The Bruins have done exactly that.