Don Sweeney managed to sign a player yesterday. However, if you looked for any information about it on the Boston Bruins official twitter account, you wouldn’t find it there. Thankfully, CapFriendly is doing a good job of keeping us informed.
#Bruins re-sign Austin Czarnik
1 year / 2-way deal
* Czarnik was an RFA with Arb. rights who elected not to file. pic.twitter.com/05GMHhuxd0
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 17, 2017
Come to think of it, I don’t think we really talked about the other two signings that happened just prior to the weekend.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 14, 2017
Yes, both Zane and Malcolm are locked up this season in identical two-way deals worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $225,000 at the AHL level for 2017-18 and $250,000 for 2018-19.
Superficially it looks like they both took a pay cut; both of their entry level deals had them being paid more with the big club. However, both were only making $70,000 in the past two or more seasons. With the new deals, both Malcolm and Zane are getting a huge raise of $155,000 to play down in Providence. Austin Czarnik also has a similar situation: lower NHL money, significant increase in minors salary.
Unless any of these players make the big club out of training camp, or are called up during the season, their salaries will not count toward the cap. With these signings, the projected room under the cap has remained static at $12,976,665.
Only two more RFAs need to sign. And one of them is going to arbitration.