Unearthing the Boston Bruins' Top 3 Most Challenging Contracts

Published August 8, 2023 at 1:09 PM

Approaching the 2023-24 season, the Boston Bruins are confronting a cap space conundrum, despite offloading players via trades and free agency. Contracts that don't seamlessly align with roles and market values contribute to the challenge. Here, we dissect three contracts that might raise eyebrows as the upcoming campaign looms.

Jakub Zboril's $1,137,500 cap hit could be considered slightly steep for an extra defenseman. While not a glaring concern, Zboril's impact in the previous season as a depth blueliner, with one goal and four points in 22 games, might not warrant the expense.

With emerging defensive options like Mason Lohrei, his contract might not make the cut, particularly given cap constraints.

Charlie Coyle's $5.25 million cap hit through 2025-26 stands out as less favorable for a third-line center. His no-movement clause and limited no-trade list complicate potential trades, impeding the Bruins' search for a top-six center.

Yet, Coyle's versatility and robust numbers last season (16 goals, 45 points) balance the scale. His value extends beyond offense, bolstering the team's depth.

Derek Forbort's $3 million contract sparks trade rumors due to its impact on the cap. While costly for a bottom-pairing defenseman, Forbort's contributions shouldn't be underestimated.

He notched career-highs last season, standing out on the penalty kill and blue line. However, his contract's financial implications and the team's cap limitations raise considerations about its viability.

Though these contracts pose challenges, they aren't catastrophic. Zboril's cap hit is manageable, while Coyle and Forbort provide tangible value despite cost. The trio's performance in the 2023-24 season will illuminate their roles and impact on the Bruins' journey ahead.

Source: Thehockeywriters
August 8   |   125 answers
Unearthing the Boston Bruins' Top 3 Most Challenging Contracts

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