Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has warned everybody that the Bruins will not be the same team next season.
And trust me, he means it.
Hit with $4.5 million in bonus overage penalties, and watching David Pastrnak’s cap hit nearly double on his new, big-money extension, the Bruins are cash strapped. Like ‘ya read about. The Bruins outright admitted that they wouldn’t have the money to re-sign many of their pending unrestricted free agents without making other moves.
Those moves file under what Sweeney called “cap flexibility.” In other words, they’re going to have to begin the process of stripping away pieces from the best regular-season team in league history to become cap compliant and ice a roster.
But who does that list include?
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