The NHL salary cap will dip to $64.3 million in 2013-14. It is a ceiling the Bruins will spend to if necessary.
“The Bruins will spend to the cap,” owner Jeremy Jacobs said during a press conference at TD Garden. “The Bruins are going to spend to the cap.”
The trick is for the Bruins to re-sign Nathan Horton (unrestricted) and Tuukka Rask (restricted) while remaining cap-compliant. Jacobs has given GM Peter Chiarelli the green light to use a long-term injury exception on Marc Savard if the Bruins aim to exceed the cap by his average annual value.
Jacobs considers 2013-14 a blip on the cap radar. Jacobs expects the 2014-15 cap to rise substantially based on projected NHL revenue.
* Jacobs is operating under the assumption that the NHL will participate in the 2014 Olympics.
* Chiarelli has one more year remaining on his contract, according to president Cam Neely. The Bruins are open to discussing an extension for Chiarelli during the offseason.