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Price of victory: Bruins face $1.13 million cap penalty for bonus overages

Jul 30, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

Peter Chiarelli AP

Last summer when the Boston Bruins got dinged for $1.759 million in bonus overages, having that much taken off their salary cap for the 2010-2011 made life a little trickier for Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. As Chiarelli showed, however, such things aren’t an issue for him as he was able to help build a team that went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Chiarelli’s skills will be tested out once again in the 2011-2012 season as the Bruins will have another bonus overage to contend with against the salary cap. Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe reports that the Bruins will have $1.13 million in cap penalties next season.

The main culprit behind the Bruins’ reduced salary cap this upcoming season is the now retired Mark Recchi. Recchi’s play and helping the team win the Stanley Cup helped him earn some nice parting gifts as he headed off into the NHL sunset. The cap penalty is reasonable, but should the Bruins run into a few nagging injuries, that $1.13 million is money that could go to a replacement player (or two) for the roster.

If there’s anything we’ve learned about the Bruins and Chiarelli is that they’ll find a way to make it work. Having to deal with bonus overages is something teams have to deal with and while the Blackhawks had some unbelievable issues last summer with more than $4 million in overages, it doesn’t have to be a crippling situation. The Bruins will be just fine even with the $63.17 million cap to spend to.

  1. skoobyfl - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Cost of winning is usually high. Higher payments to talented players, higher turnovers to team looking to steal your talent, higher expectations from the fans.

    The Sabres are spending up to & over the cap, so I see them as the next SC champs.

  2. donttouchthedirtypenny - Jul 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Just because the Sabres are up against the cap doesn’t mean they’re in line to win the SC. The Bruins pay a lot but they pay the right players. NYR pays a lot, buy to the wrong players. Sabres have overpaid some players like Pominville and Vanek (they done play like $5m and $7.3m players) and still have dead weight around like Hecht. Boyes needs to show more too. He’s making $4m. All tolled, that’s a lot of money for average to below average production.

    • galuple - Jul 30, 2011 at 1:23 PM

      Yep. Just look at Calgary. They spend a lot of money to barely miss the playoffs.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 30, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    I think they will live with that fine. You won the Lord Stanley’s Cup. Winning comes at a prices these days.

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