BREAKING: Bruins Forced to Make Tough Decisions with Roster Moves

Published July 18, 2023 at 3:33 PM

The Boston Bruins have made strides in managing their salary cap situation, creating approximately $3.8 million in available space.

However, their work is far from over as they navigate contract negotiations with restricted free agents Jeremy Swayman, Trent Frederic, and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson.

With Swayman's arbitration hearing scheduled for July 30 and Frederic's set for August 1, the pressure is on to reach agreements.

Both Swayman and Frederic are deserving of significant raises after delivering impressive performances last season.

However, projected contracts for these promising players would require the Bruins to make trades to free up the necessary cap space.

General Manager Don Sweeney has expressed his commitment to goaltender Linus Ullmark and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, dismissing trade rumors surrounding them.

As a result, it appears that Derek Forbort, a third-pairing defenseman with a $3 million cap hit, may be the player on the move to create additional financial flexibility.

While the NHL trade market has been relatively quiet since the start of free agency, discussions may intensify closer to training camp and the upcoming arbitration hearings.

Sweeney must navigate the delicate balance of securing contracts for his remaining RFAs while ensuring the team's long-term financial stability.

As the Bruins seek to maintain their competitive roster, tough decisions and strategic moves lie ahead to address their salary cap challenges.

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July 18   |   231 answers
BREAKING: Bruins Forced to Make Tough Decisions with Roster Moves

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