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):
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