The Bruins And Devils Could Help Each Other Out With Their Cap Problems By Being Grade Partners

Austin Sabourin
June 2, 2023  (1:10 PM)

The New Jersey Devils, known for their flexibility as both buyers and sellers, have their sights set on potential trade opportunities to bolster their team. General Manager Tom Fitzgerald is keen on improving his roster while assisting other cap-strapped teams, with the Boston Bruins being a prime target. With the Bruins facing a cap crunch due to David Pastrnak's hefty new contract, the Devils see an opportunity to engage in fruitful negotiations.

According to CapFriendly, the Bruins have a mere $4,937,500 in cap space, leaving them with the challenge of filling out their roster while managing their finances. In contrast, the Devils have a comfortable $34,282,500 in cap space this summer, even after accounting for the re-signing of Jesper Bratt, Timo Meier, and other restricted free agents. This surplus places them in an advantageous position to explore potential trades and address their own needs while providing assistance to the Bruins.
In an article by Fluto Shinzawa in The Athletic, several names caught the attention of the Devils as potential trade targets from the Bruins:

Matt Grzelcyk

With one year remaining on his contract at a manageable cap hit of $3,687,500, Grzelcyk has been a topic of discussion in Bruins trade talks. The Devils view him as a strong candidate to be moved for cap-related reasons, considering his solid performance in top-four minutes over the past few seasons.

Jake DeBrusk

Another player frequently mentioned in trade rumors, DeBrusk's consistent goal-scoring ability could be a valuable addition to the Devils' top-nine talent pool, alongside the likes of Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes, Bratt, and Meier.

Linus Ullmark or Jeremy Swayman

The Bruins face a dilemma with their goaltending situation. While Swayman has performed admirably in his three seasons with the team, his contract demands might strain the Bruins' finances. This leads to the possibility of the Bruins either affording his contract or considering a trade. Alternatively, the Devils may also explore the option of acquiring Linus Ullmark, the Bruins' primary netminder, who had a stellar regular season but struggled in the playoffs.
The Devils, armed with solid cap space and the presence of promising young goalie Mackenzie Blackwood, could benefit from securing a dependable starting goaltender. With the Bruins' cap limitations, a mutually beneficial trade could be on the horizon.
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