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Murphy: Bridge Deal For McAvoy Could Be Best Option For All Involved (BHN+)



Boston Bruins Charlie McAvoy

After avoiding arbitration with 24-year old restricted free agent forward Danton Heinen, signing him to a two-year deal worth $5.8 million, the Boston Bruins now have $8.1 million in salary cap space to lock up their two key remaining RFA’s in defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. The problem is that Bruins general manager Don Sweeney only has $8.1 million to do so and unless he can unload some salary via a trade soon, his best option, if it’s available, may eventually be to lock McAvoy up to a one-year bridge deal with a cap hit in the neighborhood of $5 million and then give Carlo a three-year deal at $3 million per season.

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With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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