2021 NHL offseason: Bruins free agents, salary cap space and roster recap

The offseason has arrived earlier than expected for the Boston Bruins.

The B’s looked like a team that could go on a deep run in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but a second-round exit to the New York Islanders in six games ended Boston’s pursuit of another championship.

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This offseason is a pivotal one for the Bruins. Several of their top veteran players, including the No. 2 center and starting goalie of the last decade-plus, are able to become unrestricted free agents. Boston also has a couple notable players who are restricted free agents.

The Bruins have about $27 million in salary cap space, but they have a lot of their own players to consider re-signing. The B’s could free up additional cap space by trading a player or two. One candidate to be moved is Jake DeBrusk, who’s signed for one more season at a $3.675 million cap hit. A disappointing 2020-21 season for DeBrusk made it clear he’s not a legit top-six winger.

Here’s an overview of the Bruins’ free agents and salary cap situation (all salary info via CapFriendly).

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

David Krejci

Position: Center

2020-21 Stats: 8 G, 36 A in 51 GP

2020-21 Salary cap hit: $7.25 million

Age: 35

Krejci had a strong regular season with 44 points in 51 games. He also was productive in the playoffs with nine points (two…

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