May 3, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) is congratulated by Zdeno Chara (33) after scoring a goal during the first period against the Montreal Canadiens in game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
When you first look at the salary commitments of the Bruins it looks overwhelming, and for the long term. Upon closer inspection when you take Savards $4M off, there is room to re-sign Krug and Smith, probably for short-term deals until the cap goes up and they get some breathing room. The overages to Iginla on his bonus-laden contract last season put the Bruins in this tight situation where they couldn’t go out and get anyone in free agency, meaning they will have to replace Iginla’s production from within.