Even after the trade that dumped Taylor Hall and his $6 million contract on the Blackhawks, math remained the top rival of Don Sweeney and the Bruins ahead of Saturday’s start of free agency.
Left with $10.9 million and change to fill out the remainder of their roster following the Hall trade, the Bruins made the call Friday to create even more cap space, and placed defenseman Mike Reilly on waivers for the purpose of a buyout.
The Bruins are buying out the final year of Mike Reilly's contract. The buyout will free up $2.66M in cap space for 2023-24, $1.33M penalty in 2024-25.— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) June 30, 2023
Word of the Reilly buyout, which will keep Reilly on Boston’s books for an extra season, came just moments before the 12 p.m. deadline that the Bruins were facing on the first buyout window.