Things are going from bad to worse for the Boston Bruins in recent weeks. After having a terrible road trip, the Bruins announced that forward David Krejci would miss 4 to 6 weeks with a partially torn MCL. As if we thought the Bruins season had not already gone up in flames, to add more fuel to the fire, Claude Julien today announced that Gregory Campbell would also miss at least a week with an injury.
However, there is something good that could potentially come out of all of this. After Kevin Miller re-injured his shoulder, which effectively ended his season, the Bruins can place Miller and Krejci on the Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) and free up $7.7 million in cap space. That is a good chunk of dough. Moreover, if the Bruins decide to use this loophole, they will not have to get back under the salary cap if they make the playoffs. The Bruins can put Krejci on the LTIR, pick up a high prized asset or multiple assets, then reactive Krejci and have them all good to go for the playoffs.
So, why wouldn't the Bruins do this? Please enter, Jeremy Jacobs.
If Jacobs, the owner of the Boston Bruins, does not believe in this team and thinks that management has screwed it up enough already, he may choose to not use the trade exception. However this is the perfect opportunity that the Bruins have been looking for. Not only do they not lose Krejci for the rest of the season, but they also get a trade exception for close to $8 million. If they wanted to trade for someone like Yandle, Vermette, or even Eberle, then they do not need to worry about salaries matching up anymore.