Bruins Clear Cap Space, Trade Hunwick

In a move to clear space in their salary cap — and to make room for the return of Marc Savard — the Boston Bruins traded defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen. Cohen will report directly to the Bruins AHL affiliate in Providence, while Adam McQuaid will most likely fill the void that Hunwick left on the Bruins defense.

With the move, the Bruins clear about $1.4 million in salary cap space in anticipation of Savard’s return, which could come as early as Thursday. Savard indicated that he doesn’t expect to make his return in Philadelphia on Wednesday against the Flyers, but he didn’t rule out his status for Thursday’s game against the Lightning during today’s practice up in Wilmington.

“This was one of the steps that we had to take as an organization to take care of the cap situation,” said Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli during a conference all with members of the media. “This will be enough to activate Savard when he’s ready to play.

“We’re on the eve of Marc Savard coming back. We just have to make sure it’s the right thing to do.”

The Bruins should also have Marco Sturm back in the lineup during the month of December and will have to make some cap room for his return. But for now, there’s no indication of what Chiarelli might do to get under the cap before Sturm’s return.

Thus, the speculation begins.

“I’ll let you capologists figure it out,” Chiarelli noted. “But we know we have another move that we have to make.”


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