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Bruins extend qualifying offers to RFAs Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, others

Bruins extend qualifying offers to RFAs Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, others

The deadline to extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents was Tuesday, and the Boston Bruins took care of business with several players.

The Bruins announced they extended qualifying offers to defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, as well as forwards Danton Heinen, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Ryan Fitzgerald and Peter Cehlarik. The Bruins didn't extend a QO to forward Gemel Smith, who was picked up by Boston off of waivers in December.

The ideal outcome would be to workout long-term deals with a few of these players before next season, especially McAvoy, who projects to be the team's No. 1 defenseman for many years.

If these players reject their qualifying offer, they will remain an RFA and their rights will be retained by Boston. RFAs can begin agreeing to sign offer sheets with rival teams on July 1, which is when free agency begins.

In addition to these RFAs, the Bruins must also consider re-signing unrestricted free agent forwards Marcus Johansson and Noel Acciari.

The Bruins have $12,003,334 in salary cap space as of Wednesday, per Cap Friendly.

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NHL Highlights: Bruins surrender late lead vs. Capitals, lose 3-2 in shootout

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NHL Highlights: Bruins surrender late lead vs. Capitals, lose 3-2 in shootout

FINAL SCORE: Capitals 3, Bruins 2 (SO)

IN BRIEF: Just when it looked like the Bruins were going to hold on, despite being outshot by a nearly 2-to-1 margin losing another important piece in Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins surrendered a game-tying goal in the last minute of regulation from the Capitals' T.J. Oshie. Braeden Holtby denied Chris Wagner's five-hole attempt in the fifth round of the shootout to steal an 11th-hour comeback win.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 12-3-5 (28 points)

HIGHLIGHTS

COYLE PUTS HOME A BEAUTIFUL HEINEN FEED

PASTRNAK STICKS WITH IT, MAKES IT 2-1

UP NEXT: at New Jersey, 7 p.m., NESN

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Bergeron (lower body) out for Bruins' game against Capitals

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Bergeron (lower body) out for Bruins' game against Capitals

BOSTON — The injury bug just got very real for the Boston Bruins.

The Black and Gold are already missing a significant chunk of their NHL roster due to injury, including stars Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk. Now, they lose their best all-around player. Patrice Bergeron is out of the lineup against the Washington Capitals, with a lower body injury.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said that Bergeron is “day-to-day”, and would have played if it weren’t a back-to-back situation after last night’s win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. But time will tell if the injury forces him to miss any additional time.

“He finished last night in discomfort,” said Cassidy of Bergeron, who played 16:48 of ice time and took 27 faceoffs. “If it wasn’t back-to-back, we think he’d play. We don’t want him to miss four or five games.”

It appeared that Bergeron suffered the injury during the second period of the Toronto win, when he was hauled down awkwardly after an offensive zone faceoff on a power play possession. His lower body appeared to buckle as he was taken down to the ice, and he moved a bit slowly after getting up. He finished the shift, and the rest of the game, without incident.

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With Bergeron on the shelf for Saturday night’s game vs. Washington, David Krejci will be centering David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand in a role he flourished in offensively last season while Bergeron was injured.

It goes without saying, though, that the B’s missing Bergeron, Krug, DeBrusk and Backes among others is beginning to take a lot of offensive weapons off the board for the Black and Gold. It’s going to be much more difficult to manufacture offense while they are out.

It also goes without saying that given his well-documented willingness to play through just about anything, it's always cause for concern when Bergeron misses games due to injury, 

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