What Boston might do about their salary cap problem
Jared Clinton of The Hockey News: Alas, the Boston Bruins possess about $8.1 million in cap space. The problem lies in the fact they have Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo to sign. Both would easily command $10+ million combined in salary at a bare minimum. That puts the Bruins a couple million over the salary cap.
Trimming and burying fringe players would not work and even buying out David Backes hurts later. This is because next summer they have Jake DeBrusk, Charlie Coyle, and Torey Krug to worry about. Backes could still be traded along with Kevan Miller or even John Moore.
New York Rangers in salary cap hell?
Larry Brooks of the New York Post: Despite having nearly half the roster make at or under $1 million, New York is in a salary cap hell. This is because their bottom defensemen incur $15.625 million worth of space. Also, they signed Artemi Panarin, Kaapo Kakko, and traded for Jacob Trouba. No one wants to take Vlad Namestnikov’s $4 million AAV on.
Should Edmonton bite on Pavel Buchnevich?
However, the caliber of player jumps a good bit. Buchnevich probably puts up close to 50 points last year if injuries did not limit him to 64 games. As it was he scored 21 goals and 17 assists.
A quick thought on Brendan Perlini
John Dietz: Stan Bowman admits Chicago can finally focus on negotiating with Perlini after the chaotic offseason so far. Fortunately, there is time left in the summer and action expects to pick up between the two camps in the next little bit.