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Beat writer Joe Haggerty of csnne.com had this to say as part of a column late last month regarding Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs’ role in the lockout:
“The biggest question of the lockout is, why would a frugal, shrewd businessman like Jacobs seemingly do his own team a disservice by prolonging the lockout? The Bruins have the most money committed in player salaries over the next two seasons, and would be severely affected by a sudden drop in the salary cap. Even if NHL teams are given a one-year transition period to adjust to a plummeting salary cap, the Bruins will be bumping the cap ceiling in 2013-14 without a single proven NHL goaltender signed on for duty.”
To that point, last year’s Bruins were having a tough enough time with the current system.
As the payroll list stands right now, the Bruins are indeed the biggest spenders with only $1,332,024 worth of spare cap space. That is not even counting potential call-ups in Svedberg, Torey Krug and Malcolm Subban, all of whom would be drawing seven figures if they were in the NHL right now.
If the current cap were to be kept intact, life would be immeasurably easier for general manager Peter Chiarelli if he could free up about $9 million more by discharging the injured Marc Savard and Tim Thomas.
Or, if nothing else, it would at least be much easier to keep the rest of the remaining Cup core that way. Any rollback that might come with the new CBA would inevitably mean making sacrifices of some sort, and all after Chiarelli had meticulously spent his first five years on the job assembling a long-awaited championship contender for Boston.