32 Teams In 32 Days: Boston Bruins
They always manage to get their players signed for under market value....
In Today’s 32 Team outlook we examine the Boston Bruins and their consistent ability to get their homegrown star players to sign for well below market value.
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The first part of the Boston Bruins offseason had things looking a little bleak for the upcoming season.
Other than a total wild card in Pavel Zacha, they had not really added much to their roster, they have to this point been unable to work out a new contract extension for superstar winger David Pastrnak, and they have a couple of key players slated to start the season out of the lineup as they recover from offseason surgery.
There was also the looming question of whether or not Patrice Bergeron, one of the best two-way players of this era, would be returning for another season.
Not only did the Bruins get the good news on Monday that Bergeron is officially back, they also managed to get David Krejci to return to Boston following his one season playing in the Czech Republic. It is a massive boost to the Bruins offseason, gives them the 1-2 punch at center that has been the focal point of their core for more than a decade, and should again make them a playoff team.
Even better, they managed to get those two signed for a combined salary cap hit of just $3.5 million for the 2022-23 season (with several performance related bonuses that will almost certainly be tacked on to next year’s cap). It is a steal. It also continues a pretty consistent trend with the Bruins.
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