The idea of using buyouts is not a wise one, but the Bruins still aren’t ruling it out as of early Wednesday afternoon.

Jimmy Hayes

Jimmy Hayes

The idea of using buyouts is not a wise one, but the Bruins still aren’t ruling it out as of early Wednesday afternoon. The first buyout window opens up Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Asked about the possibility of exercising buyouts, a team source said Wednesday that the team is still exploring all avenues. That’s consistent with what general manager Don Sweeney said at his season-end press conference back in April.

The two most obvious candidates for buyouts on the Bruins are Jimmy Hayes and Dennis Seidenberg. As illustrated here, buying Hayes out would be unwise, while buying Seidenberg out would be borderline foolish. As of Wednesday, Seidenberg had not heard anything about potentially being bought out.

Following are the cap charges if the team were to buy out either player:

Hayes (two years remaining, $2.3 million cap hit):

2016-17: $716,666
2017-18: $616,666
2018-19: $816,666
2019-20: $816,666

Seidenberg (two years remaining, $4 million cap hit)

2016-17: $1.166 million
2017-18: $2.166 million
2018-19: $1.166 million
2019-20: $1.166 million

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DJ Bean

If you were at New Balance Fitness Club Wednesday morning, me attempting oblique v-ups was not the strangest sight you saw.

No, that honor would go to the Bruins and the construction of their new practice facility, as a crane could be seen lifting a Zamboni across the construction site before it was placed in the building.

Warrior Ice Arena will be opened in time for training camp in September.

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DJ Bean

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DJ Bean

For an explanation as to why, read this breakdown from earlier this offseason. The first buyout window of the summer opens Wednesday at 5 p.m. EST.

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DJ Bean
The NHL appears to be Las Vegas-bound. (USA Today Sports)

The NHL appears to be Las Vegas-bound. (USA Today Sports)

It appears the NHL is heading to Las Vegas. According to the Associated Press, the league has settled on Las Vegas for an expansion team, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee.

Las Vegas would become the NHL’s 31st team, with the expansion occurring for the 2017-18 season at the earliest. The franchise would be the first professional sports franchise in Las Vegas.

According to the AP, the Las Vegas bid has secured more than 13,200 season ticket deposits for the new team, which will play in the brand new, 17,500-seat T-Mobile Arena.

The AP says Quebec City was also considered for expansion, but that some owners have expressed concerns over the strength of the Canadian dollar as well as greater geographical imbalance if another eastern team were added. Seattle and the Toronto area have both popped up in expansion rumors in the past, too.

The NHL last expanded in 2000, when the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets joined the league.

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WEEI
The Penguins winning the Stanley Cup confirms that Claude Julien is a bad coach, or something. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA Today Sports)

The Penguins winning the Stanley Cup confirms that Claude Julien is a bad coach, or something. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA Today Sports)

Here is a vast overview of where the Bruins stand entering the offseason. It includes their cap situation, their trade chips and how they’re best-suited to fill areas of need.

This is a Dumb Takes edition of that.

As we did entering the Stanley Cup Final, this is an estimation of the less-than-intelligent points you will run into either on the internet, radio or television if you haven’t already.

To avoid any confusion, the Dumb Takes will be italicized. Any logic will be formatted normally.

TRADE TUUKKA RASK

When you don’t have as many good players as you used to and you have a lot of money, the move is to trade one of the best goalies in the league because he makes a lot of money. Did you know that Tuukka Rask wasn’t EITHER of the goalies in this year’s Stanley Cup Final? Did you know that t t Murray and Martin Jones were the reasons their team reached the Final, but that Tuukka Rask wasn’t when the Bruins were there in 2013 and he put up significantly better numbers then than either Murray or Jones did this offseason? Did you know?

The Bruins shouldn’t have any untouchables because, despite a less-than-great Eastern Conference team just winning the Stanley Cup, the B’s have just as good a shot at being in no-man’s land in the coming seasons as they do of being contenders. So while they should be willing to move Rask if they can get an overwhelming return, the idea that trading one of their three best players should be a priority is really, really stupid. Rask had a bad year on a bad team, but his career suggests he’s one of the best five or so goalies in the league and he’s still just 29. Maybe put a team that’s good in front of him — the Bruins were 20th in the league in 5-on-5 high-danger scoring chances against — and he’ll manage.

FIRE CLAUDE JULIEN

It isn’t too late! Where would Sidney Crosby be right now if the Penguins hadn’t fired their coach mid-season? Dead, maybe? Well Mike Johnston, a first-time head coach who by all accounts wasn’t a good one, is EXACTLY THE SAME as Claude Julien! They fired him and look what happened!

Claude Julien is a good coach and some of the coaches that have been fired aren’t good coaches. The reason the Bruins weren’t very good this season was because their defensive personnel was very bad. Julien had to rely too much on Kevan Miller, but that was because Kevan Miller actually seemed like a viable option compared to Julien’s other options at times. That’s on management, not the coach.

But which good defensemen has he developed?

Johnny Oduya, Johnny Boychuk, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug. Guys who played elsewhere — Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, etc. — had the best years of their career when playing under Julien.

So they should just keep everything the same?

No, they should keep the good things the same. They have a good coach.

NEVER SPEAK TO J.P. BARRY AGAIN

Why are the Bruins talking to Loui Eriksson’s agent? Why would they consider signing Eriksson?

Because they only have one good right wing (David Pastrnak) and he’s never played more than 51 games in an NHL season.

But they shouldn’t re-sign Eriksson. He doesn’t do anything special.

There were only seven players in the league with 30 goals and a Corsi Relative of 9.0 or higher. Eriksson was one of them.

But he’s not going to score 30 goals every year!

There were only 12 players in the league with 25 goals and a Corsi Relative of 9.0 or higher. Eriksson was one of them.

Should the Bruins definitely sign Eriksson at all costs? Of course not. In fact, if Kyle Okposo doesn’t cost much more, they should sign him instead. But why would a team with a gaping hole on the right side — and no help on the way from the AHL with the exception of Seth Griffith — close the door on its best right wing? It must be because he doesn’t hit people.

It IS because he doesn’t hit people!

That’s because his team usually has the puck when he’s on the ice.

TRADE CHARA FOR A YOUNG TOP-4 DEFENSEMAN

Here’s one that actually is a good idea in theory, but it just might not be feasible. If the Bruins don’t do it, it’s because they can’t. Chara’s contract is good (pricey in 2016-17, but very cap-friendly in 2017-18) and he’d be a stud second-pair guy for a contending team, but the fact is that a team with a good young defenseman should hold on to that asset for dear life.

Not true! The Bruins were willing to trade Hamilton!

That was a bad move by them.

No, he was never that good in Boston.

Yes he was. This must be because he didn’t hit people.

It IS because he didn’t hit people!

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DJ Bean

The Bruins will not face any bonus overages for next season, WEEI.com learned recently. In the recently concluded season, the B’s had to pay $969,000 against their cap for their 2014-15 overages. The season before, they had to pay $4.75 million in overages because of bonuses achieved mostly by Jerome Iginla.

Entering the offseason, the Bruins have $52,215,000 committed to 16 players, assuming Malcolm Subban makes the team.

For a closer look at how the Bruins stand entering the offseason, click here.

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DJ Bean

Don Sweeney is entering his second summer as Bruins general manager.</p>
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The Penguins are Stanley Cup champions after a series-clinching 3-1 victory in Game 6 vs. the Sharks. In winning the Cup, the Penguins became the first team from the Eastern Conference to do so since the Bruins in 2011.