salary_capWhile he didn’t want to risk a fine by saying so definitely, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who is also the Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors, explained today that he anticipates the league’s $56.7 million salary cap to stay about the same. That news, which will probably come out sometime after the Stanley Cup final is completed, shouldn’t take anyone by surprise considering the continent’s financial straits.

“I can only talk from Boston’s standpoint. Boston can only tell you that the way we see it, the salary cap will probably not change much this year but there is an elasticity on the players’ side that they have the right to increase it. But all that seems to doing is making their reserve more — in other words, the amount of money they have to put aside, more,”  Jacobs said today during a conference call. “So I don’t necessarily believe that there will be a change in the salary cap for the next year. That’s a long way around to just telling you that.”

Of course, the Bruins could’ve been keeping their fingers crossed for some miraculous increase in the cap. After all, that would’ve made it more feasible and likely that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli could retain restricted free agents Phil Kessel, David Krejci and Matt Hunwick in addition to their signed-up stars and even some of the veteran role players who are headed toward unrestricted free agency. Instead, the Bruins will be a tight squeeze under the cap.

“From Boston’s standpoint, it’s difficult, because we want to keep our team intact. And we’ve got some young guys coming up that Peter’s going to have to work hard to figure out how he’s going to keep this team together with the demands that are naturally evolving,” Jacobs said. “We will probably be at or near the cap level, as we were this year — which is good and it’s bad. It means we’re keeping our team together but in the end of the season, it gives us little mobility in seeking some talent that might be available for the Stanley Cup run.”