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The B's cap crunch is probably A-okay with the Plymouth Whalers and Hockey Canada.

The simplest explanation might be that the Boston Bruins will find a way to fit Tyler Seguin under the NHL salary cap if they feel he is ready for the NHL at age 18. Doing so in order to accommodate the No. 2 overall pick will require some finessing of the fiduciary kind.

"... with the Bruins cap situation he actually could end up going back to juniors for one more season.

" 'Obviously it's my goal to make the team, and be here next season," said Seguin. "I think it will come down to if they think I'm ready or not, and if they want me they will free up their cap situation.'

"The Bruins currently have just under $2 million [all terms U.S. -- Ed.] left for cap space, and they still need to sign Blake Wheeler — and also Gregory Campbell, who they acquired from Florida in the Nathan Horton deal.

"Seguin probably would make $900,000 base pay, but his cap hit would be similar to Taylor Hall's cap hit, which is $3.750 million due to bonuses." (Lawrence Eagle-Tribune)

It probably does run counter to a perception a team keeps an 18- or 19-year-old in order to help its salary-cap situation.

The Bruins generated some off-season buzz by hyping their development camp as something of a Tyler Seguin Show, but it seems illogical that would affect their decision. Boston fans, just ask them, are the smartest fans in sports and can keep apprised of what Seguin is doing if he returns to the Ontario Hockey League.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Sports Canada. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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