FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Bruins general manager Don Sweeney doesn’t feel the need to make trades this weekend, but he’s more than prepared to.
Sweeney revealed that he has collected the proper lists from each Bruins player with a partial no-trade clause. Such lists, which vary in number of teams, reveal teams to which a player would accept a trade.
“Absolutely. I have every list,” Sweeney said.
Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly and Dennis Seidenberg are Boston’s players with no-trade clauses, with Lucic, Marchand, Kelly and Eriksson having lists. Eriksson waived his no-trade clause to come to the Bruins from Dallas two years ago, but his no-trade was preserved in writing at the time, which means he still has his no-trade rights.
According to sources, Lucic can provide a 15-team trade list, while Kelly can list up to eight teams. Eriksson had a full no-trade, but when the Bruins missed the playoffs last season, it reverted to a 14-team list. Seidenberg has a full no-trade until Dec. 30, 2016, after which it will become an eight-team list. The size of Marchand’s list is unknown.
(David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask have no-movement clauses for the time being, with Krejci’s and Rask’s statuses changing to no-trades over time.)
At some point this offseason, the Bruins will turn to the trade market in an effort to clear salary cap space. The Bruins have $59,841,667 committed to 15 players for next season, with the upper limit of the salary cap set at $71.4 million this week. Boston still needs to sign restricted free agents Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner and Brett Connolly to new contracts. Don Sweeney has also expressed an interesting in re-signing unrestricted free agent Adam McQuaid.
Sweeney said that he does not necessarily feel a need to swing his deals before the draft begins Friday.
“I think every situation is different,” Sweeney said. “You could look at getting past the draft and getting past free agency as teams say, ‘OK, well I missed that first wave; there will be another wave of player movement opportunity.’ I think just everybody is looking to explore whatever they can at this particular time because the opportunity presents itself on a bunch of different levels.”