While David Krejci is due for a raise, fitting the center’s new salary under the cap might be a headache for the Bruins. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
Assuming Tuukka Rask will be on the 2009-10 roster, here is the current salary breakdown for 15 players under contract for next year, as well as Glen Murray’s buyout number. The cap is expected to either stay at $56.7 million or dip in 2009-10.
Marc Savard, $5 million
Patrice Bergeron, $4.75 million
Michael Ryder, $4 million
Marco Sturm, $3.5 million
Chuck Kobasew, $2,333,333 million
Glen Murray, $1,383,333 million
Blake Wheeler, $875,000
Milan Lucic, $850,000
Shawn Thornton, $516,667
* Mark Recchi, P.J. Axelsson, and Stephane Yelle will be unrestricted free agents.
* David Krejci, Phil Kessel, and Byron Bitz will be restricted free agents.
Zdeno Chara, $7.5 million
Dennis Wideman, $3.875 million
Aaron Ward, $2.5 million
Andrew Ference, $1.4 million
Mark Stuart, $1.3 million
* Steve Montador and Shane Hnidy will be unrestricted free agents.
* Matt Hunwick will be a restricted free agent.
Tim Thomas, $5 million
Tuukka Rask, $850,000
Current cap hit: $45,633,333.
ANALYSIS: Assuming a $56.7 million cap in 2009-10, the Bruins have just over $11 million to extend their RFAs and fill out the rest of their roster. While it’s not a requirement for the Bruins to move around some money to do so, they would have little wiggle room remaining after signing Krejci, Kessel, Hunwick, and Bitz, assuming they all agree to reasonable raises.