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Bruins aren’t likely to make salary-shedding trade

Jul 12, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

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After signing goaltender Tuukka Rask to an eight-year, $56 million contract, the Boston Bruins are up against the salary cap. In fact, they’re technically over it, which has led to rumors that Chris Kelly or Brad Marchand might be on their way out.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli attempted to kill those rumors by saying that he’s comfortable with the Bruins’ current cap situation. Furthermore, he doesn’t anticipate making significant moves of any kind for the remainder of the summer.

“I think right now we’re going to stand pat. I like the fact that we’re going to have competition on the third line. We have some good young players already in the organization that we just recently acquired,” Chiarelli told CSN New England. “You never know what happens after the summer, but [off-season transactions] will slow down. It has slowed down [already].

“As of right now, we’re going to stand pat. Things may change, but that’s just where we are right now.”

As mentioned above, the Bruins have exceeded the cap ceiling, but that’s not true in practice.

That’s largely because Marc Savard will spend another season on the long-term injured reserve list due to his career-ending concussion. Jarome Iginla‘s contract is also bonus-laden, which means that his cap hit for 2013-14 can be as low as $1.8 million. However, if Iginla fulfills enough bonuses to exceed the cap, then the difference will be put towards the Boston Bruins’ 2014-15 cap hit.

That might not sound ideal, but given that the cap is projected to raise significantly in 2014-15, they likely view it as a tolerable outcome. At least, they seem comfortable enough with it to keep Marchand and Kelly.

  1. amityvillefun - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Marchand needs to stay in Black and Gold…and get his “Ball of Hate” game back. Kelly is a good role player but production has been down…but he did have significant injuries last season, so maybe he’ll rebound.

    Just saw that Bergeron got signed… Glad to have him locked up as a Bruin! Already looking forward to next season. Rest up boys…

  2. lordstanley65 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Agreed. We’re all set now. We should just stand pat and prep for next year.

    • lordstanley65 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      And we should stand pat.

  3. bildomatic - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I was extremely critical of the Seguin trade initially and it could still haunt the Bruins for some time, but that said looking at the whole picture of this offseason I gotta admit Chiarelli has done a magnificent job. Depending on how Iggy and Eriksson gel with their new linemates this squad has the potential to be even better than last year’s team. With the cap expected to go up in the coming years, the Tuukka/Bergy cap hits could be seen as a bargain believe it or not in 4-5 years. Really like this team for next year and going forward it’ll be interesting to see how PC balances under the cap. Go B’s!

  4. jpelle82 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    iginla’s actual salary is 1.8 which is great for this year. what happens if he hits the bonuses though and then leaves in free agency? boston eats 4.2 million on their 2014-2015 cap and he isnt even playing there? doesnt bergeron’s new cap number hit that year too? cap situation will be more of a concern then i guess, but out of sight out of mind for now.

  5. letsgopens8771 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Trading Marchand would be an incredibly foolish move. He is one if the toughest players to play against in the East. Great tenacious hockey player who caused lots of problems for my Team in the Playoffs.

  6. matthews4 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Marchy will stay Sides and Kelly will go

    • lordstanley65 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Actually, that could happen, because Bs staff have Krug, Bart and Hamilton coming up. I don’t think it very likely, but you never know. Let’s be honest, who saw the Seguin thing coming? I’m good with it for what they got, but it still suprised me. I’d wait a bit on Sides until these new D guys got a little more salty, and I like Morrow coming up soon,too. Dallas folks who know him have been raving about him, so that’s encouraging. I think we hold Seidenberg for at least another year.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        i dont know how much the dalls folks saw of him, i dont think he even played 10 games for their affiliate. as a penguins fan i can say i’m pretty pissed about the morrow for morrow trade though as i have a feeling he will be a solid 2nd pairing defensemen sooner than later. pens actually called him up i think a month or so before they traded him, for whatever reason he didnt play but still tells me he is probably gonna be seriously competing for a spot in boston this camp. he’s a 1st round draft pick with high expectations, boston definitely won the seguin trade in my mind, morrow is the reason.

      • rje49 - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Speaking of our small,but energetic defenseman Krug, what does anyone think of making him a forward?

  7. jcmeyer10 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Marchand is the Kevin Garnett of the NHL. A guy you hate to play against, but love having them on your team.

  8. av416 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Trading Marchand would be very unwise. As consistent and productive Eriksson is, he doesn’t have what Marchand has, the ability to get the puck in the net and as well as getting in his opponents’ head. Losing Horton and Marchand in one offseason is a lot of grit and toughness gone within your top six, being a Leaf fan I can’t imagine Marchand being traded. Kelly seems like a more viable trade option given Sodeberg could probably step into the #3 C role

  9. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Mike Gillis should take note, this is what good GMs do, by make this statement Chiarelli avoided painting himself into a corner, now he can make a trade, if he decides he needs to, without the other team thinking he’s desperate and trying to make a trade that exploits that.

  10. tdrusher225 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Still have questions about the 3rd line, but besides that the team looks pretty solid on paper. The main worries now are let down performances from the top players after such a good, but very tolling season

  11. pastabelly - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    The big problem for the Bruins will be in 2015-16 when guys like Paille and his $1.3M cap hit and Gregory Campbell at $1.6M are UFAs. The value the Bruins get from these guys is far beyond that. I suppose they will re-up with those guys and let Kelly go at that point. It makes no sense to lose a top six forward like Marchand. The Bruins need to start drafting better when it comes to forwards. Caron, Spooner, or Knight need to step up.

    • dboldave - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      If the biggest problem you can think about is having to replace guys on your fourth line, you are in pretty good shape! Not to say those guys aren’t valuable but big picture wise, you are in good shape!

    • dolanster - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      This is the one gaping hole — who might play along side Kelly and Soderberg. In the games I saw last year I thought Caron was not NHL material. Not fast, not dangerous, not strong on the puck, not a lot of battle. We need a guy who’s tough to play against in the open spot on this line, or we need to move Paille up and reduce the ice time of the 4th line. I don’t think Caron is the guy — maybe one of those other guys who came over from Dallas?

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        That’s the beauty of the Seguin trade. One of those two young bucks could be the answer.

      • dboldave - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Whoever they decide to put on the third line couldn’t be any worse than Peverley was last season. I think it may take a bit of time to determine who will fit best with Soderberg and Kelly. I know they are high on Spooner but I don’t see them having three guys who are natural centers on the third line either. I just can’t wait for the games to start again!

      • beyor35 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        I think Paille is on the third line next season and one of the tougher young guys takes his spot on the fourth so he can learn from Campbell and Thornton…

  12. amityvillefun - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Moving Seidenberg is dumb. The guy usually is as reliable as they come and is tough as nails. He plays a very smart game and makes great plays most of the time. Plus he can lay out people with his body checks.

  13. drewsylvania - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Neat. I didn’t know that Iggy’s perf bonuses would hit next year’s cap instead. Bruins really are doing a tremendous job here. You could argue that Rask was a small overpay, but losing him would have changed the entire climate in Boston. As would losing Bergy. Seguin wasn’t a core player because he wasn’t consistent enough. Ditto Horty. They kept their best while staying under the cap and gaining Eriksson and a bevy of prospects.

    • bostonstrong37 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      I love all the moves so far, just wish we could have found some way to keep Horton. I’m sure Iginla will do fine, but man did Horton really turn it on in the playoffs, was really exciting to watch the Lucic Krejci Horton Line..

  14. bostonstrong37 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Trading Marchand would be terrible, he is very good offensively and really gets under opponents skin. Paille should be moved up to the 3rd line with Soderberg & Kelly. Let one of the youngsters move into Paille’s spot on 4th line. I know the Merlot Line has great chemistry, but Paille seems to have a lot of potential if given the chance with more ice time. Exicted to see what the B’s can do next year!

  15. montrealbbr - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    It makes me sick that people could cheer for a dirty player like Marchand. I also dont know why any teams would want this guy on their roster bad enough to trade anything significant for him. Then again people like and cheer for Raffi Torres and Matt Cooke as long as they wear the right colors.

    • drewzducks - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      …and PK Subban.

      • lordstanley65 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Excellent!

  16. artifaktz - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Really?! How can u even put Marchand in a category with Cooke and Torres? You my friend are just stupid!!

    • jpelle82 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      marchand just hasnt hurt anyone yet but he plays on the edge, he isnt in the category with those extremists cooke and torres for sure.

  17. artifaktz - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Maybe you should call the Montreal police!

  18. dan46778 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Yea dont make kuger a forward it does not turn out to well

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