The NHL offseason got off to a roaring start on Monday, as players began inking deals with clubs on July 1. The Boston Bruins weren't expected to be too active during the affair, but they did make some small moves.
Notably, the Bruins signed Maxime Lagacé from the Vegas Golden Knights to add to their goalie depth chart. They inked winger Brett Richie to a cheap, one-year deal to provide depth to the roster and potentially lock down a bottom-six role. The team also signed 27-year-old wing, Par Lindholm.
But, that may be all the team does in terms of adding unrestricted free agents. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney indicated as much in a press conference on Monday afternoon.
For right now, I think we are (done). I mean, I’ve been in touch with teams that, you know, if you’re going to start making player transactions it may change that, but I don’t know. I can’t dictate when those players that are currently available will sign. I would suspect that we’re out, but you never say never because the phone’s been ringing. We’re having conversations.
Keeping tabs on the available players is smart for the Bruins, but it seems unlikely that they will do anything. With just a hair over $10 million in cap space and the team still needing to sign restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Danton Heinen to contracts, most, if not, all, of that space will be used on that trio. That's why Sweeney is likely done trying to sign players on the open market.
That also means that other role players on the team's Stanley Cup squad will likely leave. Noel Acciari already signed a three-year deal with the Florida Panthers and it's also expected that Marcus Johansson, who was one of the team's best players in the playoffs, will sign elsewhere as well.
Perhaps something could change in the coming days, as Sweeney mentioned, but for the time being, it appears that the Bruins won't do much until they're able to sign the restricted free agents on their roster.
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