Jeremy Swayman shocks the hockey world in contract talks with the Boston Bruins

Tyler Ball
July 5, 2024  (9:47 PM)

Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman addressing the media after a game in the NHL.
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Today Jeremy Swayman made a shocking decision that has caused major speculation about his long-term future with the Boston Bruins.

Jeremy Swayman is once again a restricted free agent with the Boston Bruins. Reports all summer have talked about Don Sweeney working on a long-term contract with Jeremy Swayman. These reports were intensified after the team traded former Vezina-winning goalie Linus Ullmark to the Ottawa Senators.
TRADE ALERT: The #Sens have acquired G Linus Ullmark from @NHLBruins
in exchange for (Boston's original) '24 first-round draft pick (no. 25 overall), C Mark Kastelic and G Joonas Korpisalo. As part of the transaction, the #Sens will retain 25% of Korpisalo's remaining salary.

With Linus Ullmark gone the Boston Bruins' only option in goal is Jeremy Swayman. With this leverage, many wondered how his free agency would play out as Jeremy Swayman is entitled to arbitration. The deadline to file for arbitration was 5pm today which led to a major decision for Jeremy Swayman.
5pm is the deadline for eligible RFA players to get a deal done before arbitration sets in

It's a great day to sign Jeremy Swayman

Go 8x$8M and get ‘er done

Without an extension secured many expected Jeremy Swayman to take the Boston Bruins to arbitration to get a massive payday and sign a one-year deal. This would allow him to get paid and be closer to unrestricted free agency. However, new reports are indicating this did not happen.

Jeremy Swayman chooses to skip going to salary arbitration with the Boston Bruins

Reports are coming in tonight that Jeremy Swayman and his representation have not filed for salary arbitration.
Jeremy Swayman (BOS) did not file for arbitration. #NHLBruins

It is not a common occurrence to see a player with as much influence and leverage as Jeremy Swayman decline arbitration. This likely means that he and his agents feel a long-term deal is close with the Boston Bruins. He also likely feels the compensation coming with the long-term deal is comparable to that of the arbitration ruling.
With all of this in mind, Jeremy Swayman remains unsigned by the Boston Bruins at the moment. The two sides will continue to negotiate and the Bruins will retain the rights to Jeremy Swayman while doing so. With the trade of Linus Ullmark, the Bruins likely have made this extension priority number one meaning it should come in short order.
As more reports surface regarding the future of Jeremy Swayman in Boston, we will continue to pass them along to you.
Source: Markerzone
Jeremy Swayman makes unexpected decision: future in Boston unknown
Jeremy Swayman shocks the hockey world in contract talks with the Boston Bruins

Will Jeremy Swayman hold out through the offseason while negotiating his new contract or will one be done before the team begins practicing?

Jeremy Swayman will hold out11832.6 %
Jeremy Swayman will be signed before the season24467.4 %
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