Stepping back

By adding Michael Ryder’s $4 million annual cap hit to the mix, the Bruins are at $54,361,666. They must still add Dennis Wideman’s number (at least $3 million annually) to their total, which would put them over the $56.7 million cap ceiling. The Bruins must dip below the number by the start of the regular season.

“We’ll look to improve our team, but it’s unlikely that I’ll continue in the free agent market unless we made a trade or move some money,” GM Peter Chiarelli said.

While Chiarelli may back away from any signings, he said he’ll remain involved in trade talks.


“If there are deals out there that will improve your team, you have to make sure you can participate in them,” Chiarelli said. “You don’t want to miss out on those.”

* Chiarelli said that if he doesn’t make any more moves, he’d be happy with his roster going into training camp.

* The Bruins had a two-year offer on the table for Glen Metropolit, but the center signed a two-year, $2 million deal with Philadelphia instead. It is the first multi-year deal of Metropolit’s NHL career. “Glen was a real good soldier for us last year,” Chiarelli said. “We made him an offer, but at his age and his point of his career, I don’t begrudge him going out and testing the market. He’s a good man. I’m happy to see he got what he wanted. I wish him the best. We’ve got some young guys that can fill in. That’s part of our plan here. I don’t feel badly about it because Glen’s a good person and he got a deal he liked.”

* The deals that went to defensemen ($7.1 million annually for Brian Campbell, $6.5 million for Wade Redden, $4.1 million for Mark Streit) showed the lack of quality puck-movers and the price that teams are willing to pay for them. “There were some deals on defense that were a lot higher than I would have thought,” Chiarelli said.

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