In case you missed all the free-agency frenzy, not to worry, the Boston Bruins didn’t exactly make any big splashes. In fact, Sweeney & Co. made small moves that barely caused a ripple throughout the league. Even NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire recently stated that the Bruins moves “have been very pedestrian this off-season.”
A LITTLE SPLISH AND SPLASH
As Bruins fans anxiously waited for any news, the let down was becoming the norm. Big names like Taylor Hall and Tyler Toffoli were rumored to be on Boston’s radar, however, nothing came to fruition. They did add some offensive weight with the signing of Nashville’s Craig Smith. Other small moves included Boston’s defenseman Kevan Miller agreeing to a one-year contract with an NHL cap hit worth $1.25 million.
Defenseman Jakub Zboril will continue to play for Boston as he agreed to a two-year, one-way deal. The Boston Bruins signed former Rangers forward Greg McKegg and Carolina’s goaltender draft pick Callum Booth to one-year, two-way contracts each worth $700,000.
BRUINS HEALTH UPDATES
As the organization were beaten in any way to add more offensively, news started to trickle in about the teams’ star players. Both David Pastrnak (hip) and Brad Marchand (sports hernia) underwent surgeries that will require at least a four-to-five month recovery time. Depending on if the league does start in January, both players will likely miss the start of the season. What impact it will have on the core upfront will be discussed and dissected among sports pundits. Charlie McAvoy underwent right knee arthroscopy and should be fully available come January.
The Boston Bruins still have to address the re-signing of Jake DeBrusk, Matt Grzelcyk, and Zdeno Chara. The 42-year-old Captain is currently weighing his options and looks to be in no rush to extend his contract. The team has also been unable to unload Nick Ritchie and John Moore. Unfortunately, it would’ve given the Bruins more cap space to work with.
While the Bruins look to be leaning internal as they face the fact their core is aging, we can only sit back and hope these moves pay off next season. If not, the Bruins have a lot of work ahead of them. A lot.
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