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Ullmark's future with the Bruins hangs in the balance


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Finnegan Frost
May 20, 2024  (1:06 PM)
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Linus Ullmark between the pipes
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Despite a heartbreaking season-ending series loss to the Florida Panthers in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Boston Bruins now face another daunting challenge – determining the future of their Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender, Linus Ullmark.

While Ullmark's counterpart, Jeremy Swayman, stole the spotlight with his rockstar performance during the playoffs, the Swedish goaltender remains a valuable asset to the team. However, rumors are swirling about his potential departure, as several teams are reportedly interested in acquiring the proven netminder's services.
Ullmark has expressed his desire to remain in Boston, but the Bruins' financial situation may force them to explore other options. With one season remaining on his four-year, $20 million contract carrying a $5 million cap hit, retaining Ullmark could prove challenging for the cap-strapped Bruins, especially with Swayman due for a significant pay raise.
Adding to the complexity is Ullmark's 16-team modified no-trade clause, which limits the number of potential suitors the Bruins can engage with should they decide to part ways with the goaltender.
Despite being overshadowed by Swayman's heroics, Ullmark's contributions cannot be overlooked. During the 2023-24 regular season, he posted a respectable 22-10-7 record, with a 2.57 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage, solidifying his status as a top-tier goaltender in the league.
As the offseason unfolds, all eyes will be on the Bruins' front office as they navigate this delicate situation. While Ullmark's preference is to remain in Boston, the team's financial constraints and Swayman's emergence as the undisputed starter may force their hand, potentially leading to a blockbuster trade that could reshape the Bruins' goaltending tandem for years to come.
source: nhltraderumors.com - Bruins News: Linus Ullmark Addresses Trade Rumors
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