The Boston Bruins currently have more money committed for the 2012-13 season than any other team in the NHL. A significant salary cap reduction in the next collective bargaining agreement could leave them in deep water.
Boston's cap total for the year currently sits at $68,867,976, hovering just below last year's $70,200,000 maximum.
Throughout the ongoing CBA negotiations, owners have pushed for a 50/50 revenue split, which would reduce the players' share of Hockey Related Revenue from its current 57 percent. A precipitous drop in the players' share is likely to involve a significant modification to the salary cap moving forward.
Considering that Boston finds itself dangerously close to the old cap, any revision could put it well over the maximum and in need of drastic changes.
Prior to the lockout, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli acted quickly to protect the corps of the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2011. Young stars Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand each received lucrative extensions that will keep them in black and gold for the foreseeable future.
However, the major financial commitment required to retain some stars could make some fan favorites impossible to keep. Here are a few contracts that could be problematic moving forward:
(All salary cap and salary figures are courtesy of CapGeek.com.)