The 2013-14 cap will be $64.3 million. The Bruins have about $58 million committed to next season, including Marc Savard’s $4,007,143 hit. They could exceed the cap by Savard’s number by placing him on long-term injured reserve. After extending Tuukka Rask, there will not be much remaining to re-sign Ference, Horton, or Khudobin.
Ference will have to accept a smaller payday to remain in Boston. If he elects to hit the market, his chances for a richer score are greater.
“No matter what the sport, if you don’t wait to get to free agency, you’re almost always taking less. That’s 29 less teams bidding,” Ference said. “But I’ve also played 13 years in this league. At least I’m at a point where there’s more important things in life than a couple extra bucks here or there. If you can have a good family life and live in a good city, it’s pretty tough to put a price on that.’’
Ppd. game to be April 25
The Bruins-Lightning game, postponed last Saturday because of the storm, has been rescheduled for April 25. The game will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Garden. It will be the team’s second-to-last game of the regular season. The Bruins conclude the regular season April 27 in Washington . . . The Bruins assigned Jamie Tardif to Providence Monday. Tardif had appeared in two games for the Bruins, averaging 4:55 of ice time. The Bruins had recalled Tardif on an emergency basis Feb. 1 because of injuries to Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille . . . The Bruins sent Lane MacDermid to Providence on a conditioning loan. MacDermid was a healthy scratch in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Buffalo. Providence played Manchester Monday . . . Tyler Seguin was given a maintenance day. Horton skated in Seguin’s spot on the No. 1 line alongside Lucic and Krejci. Rich Peverley practiced with Marchand and Bergeron . . . Johnson didn’t practice. He had reported to Providence to play Monday but wasn’t needed. Johnson is expected to participate in Tuesday’s morning skate at the Garden.