At noon today, the free agent market will open. And unless GM Peter Chiarelli can clear cap space via trade, the Bruins will not be signing any big-ticket players today.
That’s because with 16 players under contract for 2010-11 (nine forwards, five defensemen, two goalies), the Bruins have approximately $54 million committed to their payroll. The cap is set at $59.4 million. The Bruins have yet to declare whether they will spend to the cap.
They must still re-sign Blake Wheeler, Mark Stuart, Gregory Campbell, and Adam McQuaid, who officially reach restricted free agent status today. They are also continuing to negotiate with Daniel Paille, an unrestricted free agent following his non-tender. They must also sign Tyler Seguin to an entry-level contract, although that is considered a formality ($900,000 base salary, $3.75 million cap hit including bonuses).
Instead, it’s a good bet that the Bruins will wait for the market to settle down, then pursue a veteran goalie (Dany Sabourin is a possibility) to serve as depth.