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Don Sweeney on signing UFAs: 'For right now, I think we are (done)'

Don Sweeney on signing UFAs: 'For right now, I think we are (done)'

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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David Pastrnak named MVP of 2020 NHL All-Star Game

David Pastrnak named MVP of 2020 NHL All-Star Game

The Atlantic Division may have come up just short in their quest to win their first NHL All-Star Game title since the league moved to a 3-on-3 tournament format for the big event. But David Pastrnak still took home one of the biggest accolades of the evening.

Pastrnak was named the All-Star Game MVP thanks to his strong performance on the ice.

Pastrnak edged out Leon Draisaitl, Matthew Tkachuk, and Anthony Duclair for the award which was voted on by NHL fans. Here's a look at the NHL's poll, courtesy of their official Twitter account.

Of course, a notable name is missing from that list: the San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl, who scored five total goals including the game-winner for the Pacific Division. Nonetheless, Pastrnak is going home as the MVP and become the first Bruins player to take home the award since Bill Guerin in 2001.

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Pastrnak had a hat trick in the Atlantic's first game, a win over the Metropolitan Division, and finished the night with four goals and two assists in the two games. Certainly, his performance was MVP worth even if there were a couple of other deserving candidates.

Hopefully, Pastrnak playing in the All-Star Game helps to keep him locked in moving forward. He has been one of the league's best scorers this year and is on pace to shatter his career-high in goals and points if he stays healthy.

The Bruins will need him to keep producing if they want to hold on to win the Atlantic Division.

David Pastrnak nets a beautiful All-Star Game goal on excellent backhand

David Pastrnak nets a beautiful All-Star Game goal on excellent backhand

The 2020 NHL All-Star Game was an offensive showdown, as usual, and throughout the night, the NHL's best players made some excellent plays and scored some beautiful goals.

But were any of them better than David Pastrnak's backhand score during the 3-on-3 championship between the Atlantic and Pacific divisions? That's debatable.

The Boston Bruins forward notched a breakaway opportunity in the first half of the championship with the Atlantic holding a 2-1 lead. On the play, Pastrnak had an incredible forehand/backhand move and was able to quickly launch the goal into the top shelf.

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Here's a look at the play courtesy of the NHL on NBC's official Twitter account.

That's a nice, nice move. And it shows off the skills that have made Pastrnak the NHL's leading scorer (37 goals) through the first half of the season.

As beautiful as that goal from Pastrnak was, Bruins fans will have one qualm with it. It didn't come in a shootout.

Perhaps Pastrnak will try to pull that out in a shootout situation during the second half of the season. A move like that could possibly be enough to give the B's their first shootout victory of the season.