Friday, July 09, 2010

Stuart Re-Signs in Boston

The Boston Bruins are closing in on the salary cap ceiling quite quickly this Summer and they moved a little closer to the top with the signing of defenseman Mark Stuart, to a new 1-year deal on Thursday.  Stuart, who became an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, re-signed with the club for a cap hit of $1.675 million.  In 2010, Stuart wasn't so much of an offensive machine for the Bruins, only scoring 7 points in 56 games for the Bruins, but if it wasn't for a few injuries, he would have eaten a lot more minutes on the ice than he did in his 56 games.  He might be a ways down on the depth chart, but at least he's on the chart.

Nathan HortonZdeno CharaTuukka Rask
Patrice BergeronDennis SeidenbergTim Thomas
David KrejciJohnny Boychuk 
Mark RecchiMatt Hunwick 
Marco SturmAndrew Ference 
Michael RyderMark Stuart 
Marc Savard  
Dan Paille  
Milan Lucic  
Shawn Thornton  

Salary CapWith a couple of buyouts and a contract overage penalty, the Bruins have 18 players signed on for a total annual cap hit of $57.9 million at the moment. Three more forwards and a defenseman would have to sneak in with minimum salaries to snuggle up to the ceiling, but if Marc Savard and Tim Thomas are eventually moved, the Bruins can definitely lift their average cap hit remaining significantly.

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