The Bruins must make a trade to free up cap space for Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, Alex Burmistrov hopes to return to the NHL next season, plus an update on Ilya Bryzgalov.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Bruins must make a trade to free up sufficient cap space to re-sign Torey Krug and Reilly Smith and still leave enough wiggle room under the cap ceiling. While the Bruins could re-sign the pair to one-year deals, they would have to re-sign them again next summer, when they’ll have arbitration rights, plus they’ll also have to re-sign David Krejci and Dougie Hamilton next summer.
The Bruins have a surplus of defenseman and could move one of them via trade. He notes David Warsofsky can be demoted as he’s exempt from waivers, and lists Johnny Boychuk, Matt Bartkowski, Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller as possible trade candidates. Of these, Shinzawa believes Boychuk and Bartkowski could fetch the best return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shinzawa is taking into account Marc Savard ($4.027 million) going on LTIR this season. The Bruins have nine NHL-ready defenseman and GM Peter Chiarelli acknowledged he’ll have to address the situation. It’s also believed Chiarelli prefers to retain Boychuk, though he could prove expensive to retain beyond this season, as he’ll be eligible for UFA status next summer. It’ll be interesting to see what Chiarelli does to address this situation.
NBC SPORTS: Joe Yerdon cited a report from Slava Malumud of sportsexpress.ru claiming Winnipeg Jets forward Alex Burmistrov, who bolted for the KHL last season, could be willing to return to the NHL after his KHL contract expires at the end of this season. While the Jets hold Burmistrov’s rights, he might prefer to return with a different team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could take the Jets trading his rights to another NHL club. If they decline, Burmistrov will have no choice but to return with the Jets if he wants to continue his NHL career.
CBS SPORTS: Chris Peters cites a reports from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune quoting Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent claiming his client would love to return to the Minnesota Wild. Bryzgalov finished last season with the Wild, but with two goalies currently under contract (Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom) and in talks to re-sign RFA Darcy Kuemper, there’s no room for him on their current roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Harding (MS symptoms) and Backstrom (abdominal surgery) are as healthy as GM Chuck Fletcher claims they are, the Wild will be set in goal to start the season, as they can demote Kuemper ( who’s exempt form waivers) once he’s resigned.