Canadian can now make an offer to Swayman

Canadian can now make an offer to Swayman
Canadian can now make an offer to Swayman

Now that they have decided not to initiate arbitration with goaltender Jeremy Swayman, the Boston Bruins can now receive a hostile offer from other National Hockey League teams, including the Montreal Canadiens.

That’s what NESN reported Saturday after the 5 p.m. deadline to request the involvement of an arbitrator in contract negotiations passed. The Bruins and their goalie will now be able to negotiate a long-term pact without pressure this summer, and that could mean a deal is on the way.

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Now, Swayman could be coveted by all 31 teams in the Bettman circuit, although only a handful could really consider it. According to 98.5 The Sports Hub journalist Ty Anderson, a club would have to be able to put $9.1 million on the table to counter Boston.

This is particularly the case for the CH, which also has the necessary draft picks. Let us recall that if such a large hostile offer is accepted, the team that won would have to give up two first-round selections and two others in the second and third rounds.

The Massachusetts club drafted Swayman before free agency opened so the 25-year-old goalie wouldn’t become a free agent, but talks between the two sides don’t appear to be moving forward.

Last summer, the American signed a one-year pact for $3.47 million after arbitration. He is now expected to double his salary from last season.

In 2023-24, the Alaska native continued to share the job with Linus Ullmark, finishing with a stellar 25-10-8 record, a 2.53 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.

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