The Boston Bruins made a great acquisition at the NHL trade deadline by picking up Tyler Bertuzzi from the Detroit Red Wings.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, injuries to the team and running into a hot goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky lead to the massive first round upset to the Florida Panthers and wasted the great playoff first round Bertuzzi had.
Can the Boston Bruins afford to re-sign Tyler Bertuzzi?
Like many elite teams in the NHL, the Boston Bruins have a salary cap problem and if they want to sign Tyler Bertuzzi to a long-term deal, they will have to make a significant trade or two.
NHL trade rumors are making the rounds that the Bruins will shop Taylor Hall this offseason to free up the NHL salary cap space needed to re-sign Bertuzzi.
Bertuzzi currently makes $4.75 million and is due a new deal this summer. He will likely be seeking a $6.5-$7 million/year long-term deal. The Bruins currently have just over $6 million in cap space available this summer with eight roster spots to fill.
Taylor Hall is the obvious player to be traded to free up cap space, but if the Bruins really want Bertuzzi on the team, they will have to move out another contract, and that player will likely be defenseman Matt Grzelck.