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An Eastern Conference team tried to claim a Bruins defenseman but couldn't afford the cap hit


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Joshua
October 15, 2022  (1:45 PM)
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As the regular season kicks into gear, teams are finalizing their salary cap, signing contracts, and making tough roster decisions. Mike Reilly was one of them, as he was waived by the Boston Bruins along with Nick Foligno and Chris Wagner.

Reilly had cleared waivers as of October 11th, 2022 but he almost didn't if the Montreal Canadiens could've made the money work.
According to @GagnonFrancois via the On Jase segment, Kent Hughes wanted to claim #Bruins Mike Rielly via waivers but his $3 Million cap hit prevented the #GoHabsGo    from doing so.

Hughes has been trying to move salary for months now. Will likely have more success at the deadline.

Reilly's cap hit is currently $3 Million over 3 years, which Don Sweeney generously handed out. Kent Hughes couldn't make it work, seeing as the Canadiens currently have $1.8 Million in cap space.
With Carey Price and Paul Byron out on LTIR and possibly retiring, they got a lot of cap relief, but Hughes will have to move to another contract.
With Jonathan Drouin being a healthy scratch recently, it wouldn't be too ridiculous to think, Drouin will be moved as part of a package to acquire Reilly come the trade deadline.
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An Eastern Conference team tried to claim a Bruins defenseman but couldn't afford the cap hit

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