NHL Lockout: Savvy GM Peter Chiarelli Has Bruins Roster Ready for Post-Lockout

December 11th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli's careful managing of the team's roster has given fans hope for a successful future following the NHL lockout.

No matter what the owners and NHLPA agree to on certain player contract issues, such as term limits and salary variance, it will be business as usual for Chiarelli when the work stoppage concludes.

If the league is successful in getting the players to agree to a five-year term limit on all new contracts, including a seven-year limit on player re-signing with his current team, it won't change how the Bruins have operated over the last seven years.

The Bruins have done a remarkable job managing the salary cap and not giving out contracts that limit Chiarelli's flexibility in the trade and free-agent markets.

Boston has no players with a salary cap hit of $7 million or more, and probably won't need to trade any players when the salary cap ceiling goes down as a result of the new CBA due to the one-year transition period, as Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press explains:

NHL was proposing a salary cap of $60 million, with one season at $70 million to help teams transition down ...

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