The picture of the 2023-24 Bruins — at least what they’ll almost certainly look like to begin the season — is nearly complete.
The Bruins got their answer on the future of Patrice Bergeron (and they hated it, though they certainly understood it), and the Bruins officially re-signed Trent Frederic to a two-year deal and accepted the arbitration award for Jeremy Swayman after what felt like lengthy and expected arbitration-related delays with both players.
That’s juuuust about everything Don Sweeney & Co. had left to handle when it came to their on-ice roster.
But, technically speaking here, the Bruins’ signings of Frederic and Swayman have officially put them over the salary cap for the start of the new season. (Trading Taylor Hall to the Blackhawks for pennies on the dollar and still finding themselves over the cap after a bargain-bin bonanza of a free-agency dip? Oh, boy, what a nightmare that everybody should’ve seen coming based on their bonus-laden contracts and then their headfirst dive into the LTIR pool at the trade deadline.)
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