The order of operations continues its backwards ways in the Bruins front office, as the B’s announced they’ve re-upped a bunch of their borderline-Providence RFAs for the 2014-15 season and beyond.
In addition to Zach Trotman and Jordan Caron, GM Peter Chiarelli re-signed forwards Tyler Randell and Craig Cunningham, and defenseman Tommy Cross. The Bruins also "agreed to terms" on a deal with Justin Florek.
The deals are as follows:
- Tommy Cross gets a one-year, two-way deal good for $600K in the NHL and $72.5K in the AHL.
- Cunny gets a one-year, two-way deal good for $600K in the NHL and $85K in the AHL.
- Ty Randell gets a one-year, two-way deal good for $575K in the NHL and $70K in the minors.
- Justin Florek gets the richest of the recent signings, with a one-year, two-way deal worth $600K at the NHL level and $90K in the AHL.
Still, Jordan Caron is the only RFA at this time to sign a one-way contract for next season, meaning that he’ll likely become the healthy scratch and 13th forward for much of the regular season, ahead of Cunningham, Florek and Randell.
Zach Trotman remains the only RFA to re-up with a contract that extends beyond the 2014-15 season.
In the system, this leaves just David Warsofsky, Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and Torey Krug for RFAs awaiting new deals. Seeing as all of these players are thought of highly inside and outside of the organization, the Bruins definitely got their easiest, cheapest deals out of the way before dealing with the larger, more complex contracts.
With the deals inked thus far, the Bruins are looking at just over $3.8 million left before they hit the salary cap. If Florek avoids cuts and appears on the 3rd or 4th line coming out of training camp, that number goes down to $3.2 million. And if somehow David Pastrnak stays on the 23-man roster for more than 9 games during the regular season, the Bruins cap space goes down to just under $2.3 million.
Which one of these signings, if any, crack the Boston roster in 2014-15? Who do you want to see as the first to come up in case of injury?
You can read the full press release with fancy backgrounds and statistics here.