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Updated salary breakdown

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  July 24, 2009 02:20 PM

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If Patrick Eaves goes unclaimed (GM Peter Chiarelli estimated those chances to be 50-50), the Bruins will carry his $258,333 buyout number on the 2009-10 books. Here's where the Bruins stand:

Forwards

Marc Savard, $5 million
Patrice Bergeron, $4.75 million
Michael Ryder, $4 million
David Krejci, $3.75 million
Marco Sturm, $3.5 million
Chuck Kobasew, $2,333,333 million
Glen Murray, $1,383,333 million (buyout)
Mark Recchi, $1 million
Blake Wheeler, $875,000
Milan Lucic, $850,000
Steve Begin, $850,000
Byron Bitz, $687,500
Peter Schaefer, $566,667 (buyout)
Shawn Thornton, $516,667
Patrick Eaves, $258,333 (buyout)

* Phil Kessel is a restricted free agent.

Defensemen

Zdeno Chara, $7.5 million
Dennis Wideman, $3.875 million
Matt Hunwick, $1.45 million
Andrew Ference, $1.4 million
Mark Stuart, $1.3 million
Johnny Boychuk, $500,000

Goalies

Tim Thomas, $5 million
Tuukka Rask, $850,000

Current cap hit: $52,195,833.

ANALYSIS: If Eaves goes unclaimed, the Bruins will have $4,604,167 of cap space under the $56.8 million ceiling with Kessel yet to sign. The Bruins must now find a defenseman to replace Ward (Boychuk is considered a No. 7 defenseman). Two puck-moving candidates still available on the open market are Mathieu Schneider and Sergei Zubov. The Bruins would have room to sign either player. Or they could revisit the Tomas Kaberle trade by putting Kessel in the mix. Toronto has a surplus on the blue line, with Francois Beauchemin expected to fill the puck-moving element if the Leafs trade Kaberle.

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