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Bruins sign depth players Kenny Agostino, Paul Postma to one-year, one-way deals

Bruins sign depth players Kenny Agostino, Paul Postma to one-year, one-way deals

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins made offers and held discussions for bigger, better players leading up to the July 1 opening of free agency in the NHL, but at the end of Saturday came away with a pair of depth signings that offer zero risk and little cost. The Bruins signed AHL MVP Kenny Agostino ($875,000) and Winnipeg Jets defenseman Paul Postma ($725,000) to one-year, one-way deals with each of the two contracts coming in at well under $1 million in salary.

“Have we made offers? Have we explored? Yeah, we have – on both fronts, through trade or putting out offers. But, as I teed up [on Friday], I didn’t think it was necessarily going to happen and it didn’t,” said Bruins GM Don Sweeney. “We made offers to players that signed elsewhere, again, for different reasons. That’s entirely up to the player themselves, whether the term wasn’t right or the dollars weren’t right or the location wasn’t right.”

The Bruins also signed Providence Bruins forward Jordan Szwarz to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 at the NHL after he enjoyed an excellent season with the P-Bruins.

The Bruins didn’t come away with anything that’s going to demonstrably move the needle at the NHL level, but they made signings that provide good insurance for the B’s if injuries crop up, or if Boston’s prospects show they aren’t quite ready for prime time.

The 25-year-old Agostino, a Yale teammate of B’s defenseman Robbie O’Gara, was named the American Hockey League MVP in 2016-17 after posting 24 goals while leading the AHL with 59 assists and 83 points in 65 games with the Chicago Wolves. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder also appeared in seven NHL games with the St. Louis Blues in 2016-17 and posted a goal and three points, and has played in 17 NHL games during his three-year pro career.

“He’s been prolific in the AHL over the last couple of years. Our guys have followed players of that nature and felt that he really deserves an opportunity to play at the NHL level and put forth his skillset that he’s displayed there,” said Sweeney. “Even in a small sample size at the NHL, he’s done well. So, we’re going to give him an opportunity. I think the internal competition piece I spoke of [at forward positions] will be interesting come training camp.”

The 28-year-old Postma played a career-high 65 games last season for the Winnipeg Jets and finished with a goal and 14 points, and has appeared in 191 games over the last seven seasons for the Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets. He’s got good size at 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, has a big shot from the point and can play both sides in the kind of versatile package that will make a pretty solid seventh defenseman-type for the Black and Gold.

“Paul still has got upside. If you look at his power play stuff that he’s done in the minors and what he’s been able to accomplish – he’s got a big, heavy shot. [Winnipeg was] heavy on the right side, we’re heavy on the right side. I talked to him yesterday,” said Sweeney. “He played a lot of hockey with [Michael] Stone in junior on the left side. He feels there is versatility in his game. He was excited about our organization and having a bit of a fresh start.”

Sweeney indicated that there could be more signings or trades in the second or third waves of free agency now that the July 1 frenzy is over and done with, but it’s Agostino and Postma that the Bruins had to show for when the dust settled on Day One of free agency.  

NHL Rumors: Oilers fire ex-Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli amid rough season

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NHL Rumors: Oilers fire ex-Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli amid rough season

Peter Chiarelli's second tenure as an NHL general manager was much shorter than his first.

The Edmonton Oilers fired Chiarelli as their GM late Tuesday night after losing their final game before the NHL All-Star break, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reported. The team has yet to confirm the news.

Chiarelli was named the Oilers' GM in April 2015 and began his tenure on a high note, selecting superstar Conor McDavid first overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. He has failed to surround McDavid with enough talent, however, and has made several questionable moves since then, from trading away former No. 1 pick Taylor Hall to spending $42 million on Milan Lucic.

Things have gone from bad to worse this season in Edmonton, where the team is second-to-last in the Pacific Division entering the All-Star break and recently placed Ryan Spooner, whom Chiarelli traded young forward Ryan Strome to acquire in November, on waivers.

Boston Bruins fans may have seen this coming. Chiarelli spent nine seasons as the Bruins' GM and helped the club win a Stanley Cup in 2011 but couldn't build a roster that sustained success. Boston missed the playoffs in the 2014-15 season, leading to the Harvard alum's firing in April.

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Bruins players attempt Boston accents in cringeworthy video

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Bruins players attempt Boston accents in cringeworthy video

When people from outside of Boston attempt to imitate a Boston accent, it typically doesn't go well.

Take the Bruins -- who play at the TD "Gahden" --  for example. They gave it a try in a video posted by the team's Twitter account, and the results were about what you would expect (if not worse). . .

David Backes might be the winner there, even though his Boston accent quickly turned into a British one.

Nonetheless, the main takeaway from the video is there are happens to be a bunch of Bruins players with fun names to say in a Boston accent. Brad "Mahchand", David "Pastrnahk", Brandon "Cahlo", the list goes on.

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