BOSTON -- After the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, general manager Peter Chiarelli was able to maintain most of the team's core for the next season, as well as for the shortened 2012-13 season.
But during the summer of 2011, the salary cap went up.
This summer, Chiarelli will have the double challenge of retaining the core of a team that went all the way to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final but lost to the Chicago Blackhawks, and a financial framework that features the NHL salary cap dropping almost $6 million for the 2013-14 season.
It's Chiarelli's mandate from ownership to make sure his team again has what it takes to make a run for the Cup.
"I want to keep this team together as best as I can, as we can," Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said during a press conference Friday at TD Garden. "That's Peter's job this summer. It's something that keeps him up at night and it's something that he's going to work on. We're going to do as well as we possibly can. Interestingly, when we won the Cup, we were able to keep almost the whole team together. That wasn't true of Chicago [after their Cup win in 2010]. But when they reconstituted themselves, they won it again."