With Blake Wheeler and Tyler Seguin inked and ready-to-go for the 2010-11 NHL season, the Boston Bruins are still in a bit of a salary-cap predicament. Now the club has 22 roster players signed, but are also more than $3 million over the $54.9 million NHL salary-cap ceiling.
The good news for the B’s is that they still have time to get that number right — by opening night in Prague. Of that $3 million that the team is over, $3.5 million will be cleared by the season opener — against the Phoenix Coyotes — when Marco Sturm hits the long-term injured-reserve list (LTIR).
A little over a week ago, I posted a possible line-up that we may see the Black-and-Gold open the season with in Prague on October 9. It didn’t have Wheeler, but it did have Seguin. Below is an update ‘possible line-up’, with the total salary-cap-hit breakdown (via capgeek.com) for each line and defensive combination:
Lucic–Savard–Horton = $12,090,476
Recchi–Bergeron–Seguin = $10,450,000
Wheeler–Krejci–Ryder = $9,950,000
Paille–Campbell–Thornton = $2,987,500
Chara–Boychuk = $9,375,000
Hunwick–Seidenberg = $4,700,000
Ference–Stuart = $3,925,000
Plus Carry-over bonus penalty of $1,759,759 and $725,000 in buyouts, the Bruins should be $412,229 under the cap after stashing Sturm’s salary away until mid-late November. But after that, someone’s got to go.
How do you see the Bruins line-up shaking up to clear sufficient cap-space?