New Boston Hockey Now Bruins and NHL Insider Joe Haggerty and Bruins and I break down the abysmal and baffling start to free agency and the offseason for the Boston Bruins.
Can the Bruins still get another scoring forward for their top six forward group? Can they get another top four left-handed shot defenseman? Why have that sat on the sidelines as others scooped up the star players on the market?
Boston Bruins team President Cam Neely is on record with BHN saying there is no internal hockey spending cap for him and Sweeney as they try to shape the Boston Bruins roster for 2021 and beyond. If that’s the case then what gives? Why are the Bruins seemingly focused on the middle tier free agents and why have they not made an impact trade?
“Well there could be,” Haggerty replied when asked if he thought there are limitations on Neely and Sweeney. We all know there were layoffs at the Garden, with the Garden employees and there have been issues where Delaware North as a concession company. …I can’t think of too many companies that are going to be hurting more than a concession company that relies on events; that rely on fans; that relies on events and people going into arenas.
But that being said, and it’s going to affect it a little bit, I think the Bruins just have salary cap issues. They’ve got problems! They’ve only got $10 million and they’ve gotta stretch that $10 million to potentially re-sign Zdeno Chara, deal with Matt Grzelcyk in arbitration, where I’m sure he’s going to get upwards of $2.5-3 million. He’s going to get somewhere in that range I think per year and Jake DeBrusk is going to get anywhere from $4-5million.”
That and more as we welcome Haggs onto the BHN team!