Where would we be without CapGeek.com?
Buried under a bunch of notepads and calculators? Actually demanding the NHL share salary cap info?
Well, thanks to the folks at CapGeek.com, and their Twitter feed, we now know that the Bruins have to clear about $1.1 million in cap space to make room when Marc Savard is ready to be activated off of Long Term Injured Reserve. That should occur within the next couple weeks now that the star center has been cleared for contact.
Coincidentally, Daniel Paille’s cap hit is just $25,000 shy of that. Paille, who has been a healthy scratch for all but seven of Boston’s 19 games, would require waivers to go down to Providence (AHL). I highly doubt anyone would put a claim in on a one-dimensional (two if you count skating and penalty-killing as separate dimensions) making seven figures. And shipping him down would be low risk for the Bruins, because if they wanted to call him back and he was claimed on re-entry waivers, they’d have to just pick up half the money and cap hit for the rest of this year, plus next.
Some have suggested the Bruins just demote Adam McQuaid, and/or Matt Hunwick, but the Bruins know that NHL-ready defensemen are tough to come by and they cannot risk losing one for nothing — especially with the rate at which some of their blueliners get hurt.
And if anyone’s wondering about Trent Whitfield’s LTIR status, as CapGeek reported, he has been on LTIR all season, so there’s no extra cap relief available there.