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The Boston Bruins might need to explore trade options for two of their key unrestricted free agents


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Austin Sabourin
June 10, 2023  (8:58 PM)
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The Boston Bruins should actively explore the NHL trade market for defenseman Dmitry Orlov and winger Tyler Bertuzzi. If contract negotiations or salary cap limitations prevent the Bruins from reaching an agreement with Orlov and/or Bertuzzi soon, they may need to consider parting ways with their rights. This could involve trading their signing rights or engaging in a sign-and-trade deal, similar to what the New Jersey Devils recently did with defenseman Damon Severson.

Orlov and Bertuzzi are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1st, and there is already significant interest in both players. AFP Analytics projects Orlov to be one of the highest-paid unrestricted free agents in 2023, with an estimated contract of 5 years at $6.25 million per year. Due to the Bruins' salary cap constraints, re-signing Orlov would likely require significant adjustments. Bertuzzi, projected to secure a six-year contract with a $5.2 million cap hit, may also be financially challenging for the Bruins to retain.
Orlov expressed his eagerness to test the free agent market in a recent interview, while also acknowledging his current contractual obligations to Boston until July 1st. He emphasized the desire for a long-term contract to provide stability and peace of mind.
A reliable source close to the NHL revealed Bertuzzi's intention to explore free agency this summer. The source indicated that Bertuzzi's camp is aware of the potential offers he could receive, especially considering his impressive performance with the Bruins. Although the Bruins would like to keep Bertuzzi, his desire to explore the market for the first time, combined with the team's salary cap challenges, creates difficulties in retaining him.
General Manager Don Sweeney of the Boston Bruins and the agents representing Orlov and Bertuzzi have chosen not to comment on the ongoing contract talks, likely preferring to wait until decisions are made. If indications continue to suggest that both players are likely to enter the open market, Sweeney should utilize the active NHL trade market to acquire valuable draft picks, addressing the Bruins' pressing need for such assets.
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