Long thread incoming! Be warned, lol. So with the NHL Draft tonight in Sunrise, Florida, there are tons of rumors floating about. The Bruins need help everywhere and need cap relief like a bad bout of acid indigestion. I figured there are enough of us from the area to have some discussion regarding some of those rumors and the fallout from it. I guess the first thing to mention is the official cap increase to $71.4 million (up from $69 million), an increase of $2.4 million, which is great news for the Bruins. Though the cap floor does not affect the Bruins directly, it may have an impact for them in terms of moving pieces in salary dumps. This has increased from $51 million last season, to $52.8 million this season, for an increase of $1.8 million. The Bruins do have an adjusted salary cap number of $70.55 million due to a hold over $850k from last season when Dougie Hamilton met performance bonuses. Also, the first official move the Bruins made this offseason was the trade of Carl Soderberg's UFA rights to Colorado Avalanche for a 6th round draft choice next year (2016). There have been multiple rumors swirling around the Bruins going into tonight, where it is IMPERATIVE that Don Sweeney not only improve the team through the draft, but also doing it while shedding cap space to make more moves through the offseason. I think the most logical start to this is to first establish where the Bruins currently sit in cap structure. Currently, the Bruins sit at ~$64.2 million committed to 16 players, leaving them around $6.4 million in space to round out about 7 roster spots (yikes!). So here is the breakdown of lines and 2015-2016 committed salary to those players. I'm going to call up some AHLers (or use last year salaries in terms of RFAs) to round out the roster, just as an FYI, so this is going to show them over the cap. Keep in mind, in the offseason, teams are allowed to exceed the cap by 10%, or $7.1 million. (These are not necessarily the lines, just depth chart-wise where they sit.) LW C RW Lucic ($6m) Krejci ($7.25m) Eriksson ($4.25m) Marchand ($4.5m) Bergeron ($6.875m) Smith ($3.425m) Ferlin ($875k) Kelly ($3m) Pastrnak ($925k) Talbot ($875k) Spooner ($750k) Connolly ($187k) LD G RD Chara ($7m) Rask ($7m) Hamilton ($1.75m) Seidenberg ($4m) Subban ($860k) Krug ($3.4m) Miller ($850k) Morrow ($860k) Savard - $4m Excuse the layout, it looks better when typing it. It doesn't traslate to the post and I don't know how to fix it, so bear with it. Some of these numbers have been rounded for simplicity sake. And with 3 RFAs set for big pay increases, the numbers aren't perfect. But add these numbers and you get: $68,632,000 cap. If we remove the salaries for Spooner, Hamilton and Connolly (the RFAs), we get about $66 million cap number. This leaves the Bruins $5 million to resign Hamilton, Spooner and Connolly and improve the team. This is what is known as cap jail. So, now that THAT is out of the way, let's talk rumors. Milan Lucic and his $6m cap hit is the most common person in these trade rumors. The teams and players primarily that are being heard as as follows: New York Rangers - Keith Yandle ($2.625m): Yandle is a local boy who is oft-rumored in moves involving the Bruins. I like Yandle, but I do NOT like this trade. First, Lucic doesn't fit the Rangers' scheme at all. Second, I don't think this is nearly as good as some of the other deals out there. I'm not a fan. Vancouver Canucks - Alexander Edler ($5m): I like Edler more than Yandle, but I hate that cap number. To save $1m on Edler doesn't seem very logical, but I would be ok with this for the most part. According to reports, this is the deal that Chiarelli nearly had worked out last trade deadline, but chose not to do because he thought they needed Lucic for the playoff run. Arizona Coyotes - Part of a larger deal involving the #3 overall pick in tonight's draft in which the Bruins would likely use to draft BC 18 year old stud defenseman, and the top defenseman pick tonight, Noah Hanifin. I would shit a brick for this. This would be the best use of Lucic. Arizona is likely also going to ask for the #14 overall (and potentially the early second rounder the Bruins have as well, but I would see if they would be willing to take on someone like Chris Kelly and his contract as well. Maybe even another contract. As of right now, Arizona has 11 players under contract and nearly $24 million in cap UNDER THE CAP FLOOR! If anything, they are the most obvious destination for Boston to not only improve, but dump off a chunk of salary. Couple picks, couple roster players, adding a potential STUD as well? Oh yes please let this be true. Malcom Subban would also move in this trade, and I'm fine with that. Those are the three most often mentioned rumors, however, there is another major rumor swirling now, too. Rumor has it, Chiarelli has reached out to Sweeney about potentially trading for Dougie Hamilton. It's almost guaranteed that Edmonton is going to offer Hamilton an RFA contract that the Bruins are just not going to be able to match (rumor has it in the $5-6m per year range!). So, just like Toronto did with Phil Kessel, it seems he's willing to make a deal for Hamilton, to retain his exclusive rights prior to July 1. Now while I would say screw it, take the 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounder you would get from Edmonton and hope they suck again, you can potentially make more from trading him now. If you can perhaps get Taylor Hall for Hamilton, don't you at least consider it? I would make sure I try to get more than that as well, because straight up, I don't do that. Hall and a 1st? Ok. Find a way to get Hall and Eberle? I'm in. I ONLY do this if I'm able to do the Arizona trade above. Hamilton is a good defenseman. I like him. I want him and losing a proven top 4 defenseman is tough. But I'll swap Hamilton if I get Hanifin. All these moves involve other pieces, of course. I don't expect Hamilton for Hall and a 1st. I just don't have ideas right now as to whom else would move. What do you guys think? Have you heard more rumors I have not? I'll keep this post updated with offseason moves from the Bruins to discuss. 6/25/15 - C Carl Soderberg (UFA) traded to Colorado Avalanche for 2016 6th Round draft pick. 6/26/15 - D Dougie Hamilton (RFA) traded to Calgary Flames for 2015 1st Round draft pick (15th overall), 2015 2nd Round draft pick (45th overall) and 2015 2nd Round draft pick (52nd overall). 6/26/15 - D Adam McQuaid resigns for 4 years, $11 million ($2.75m average annual cap hit). 6/26/15 - LW Milan Lucic (1 year, $6 million) traded to Los Angeles Kings for 2015 1st Round draft pick (13th overall pick), G Martin Jones (RFA) and D Colin Miller ($600,000). Boston also retains $2.7 million of Lucic's 2015-2016 salary. 6/26/15 - In 1st Round Bruins select D Jakub Zboril (13th Overall), LW Jake DeBrusk (14th Overall) and RW Zachary Senyshyn (15th Overall). 6/27/15 - In 2nd Round Bruins select D Brandon Carlo (37th Overall), C Jakub Forsbacka Karlsson (45th Overal) and D Jeremy Lauzon (52nd Overall). 6/27/15 - In 3rd Round Bruins select G Daniel Vladar (75th Overall). 6/27/15 - In 4th Round Bruins select LW Jesse Gabrielle (105th Overall). 6/27/15 - In 6th Round Bruins select C Cameron Hughes (165th Overall). 6/27/15 - In 7th Round Bruins select C Jack Becker (195th Overall). 6/29/15 - 2017 3rd Round draft pick traded to Philadelphia Flyers for F Zac Rinaldo ($850k). 6/30/15 - G Martin Jones (RFA) traded to San Jose Sharks for 2016 1st Round draft pick and rights to F Sean Kuraly (Unsigned). 7/1/15 - C Ryan Spooner resigns for 2 years, $1.9 million ($950k annual cap hit). 7/1/15 - F Reilly Smith ($3.425m) and C Marc Savard ($4m) traded to Florida Panthers for F Jimmy Hayes (RFA). 7/1/15 - F Matt Beleskey signs for 5 years, $19 million ($3.8m). 7/1/15 - G Jeremy Smith resigns for 1 year, $600k (Two-Way Contract). 7/2/15 - D Chris Breen resigns for 1 year, $600k (Two-Way Contract). 7/6/15 - F Jimmy Hayes signs for 3 years, $6.9 million ($2.3m). 7/6/15 - F Brett Connolly resigns for 1 year, $1.025 million ($1.025m). 7/6/15 - F Brandon DeFazio resigns for 1 year, $575k (Two-Way Contract). 7/10/15 - D Matt Irwin signs for 1 year, $800k ($800k).