The NHL salary cap will dip to $64.3 million in 2013-14, but it is a ceiling the Bruins will spend to if necessary.
“The Bruins will spend to the cap,” team owner Jeremy Jacobs said Friday during a press conference at TD Garden. “The Bruins are going to spend to the cap.”
The trick is for the Bruins to re-sign Nathan Horton (unrestricted free agent) and Tuukka Rask (restricted free agent) while remaining cap-compliant. Jacobs has given general manager Peter Chiarelli the green light to use a long-term injury exception on Marc Savard if the Bruins aim to exceed the cap by his average annual value.
Jacobs considers 2013-14 a blip on the cap radar. He expects the 2014-15 cap to rise substantially based on projected NHL revenue.
Also, Jacobs is operating under the assumption that the NHL will participate in the 2014 Olympics.
Chiarelli has one more year remaining on his contract, according to president Cam Neely. The Bruins are open to discussing an extension for Chiarelli during the offseason.