With NHL free agency opening at midnight, the Bruins are sure to have a myriad of plans among the chaos that will ensue.
Among chief areas of concern for Sweeney and his staff are right wing and adding a third goaltender. With Marcus Johansson unlikely to return due to cap constraints, the Bruins could use a winger to play on the second or third line and add some scoring pop. With Tuukka Rask playing an extra 24 games in the postseason, it is likely that Jaroslav Halak will see a good workload this coming season. A third goalie is needed to take pressure off of Rask and Halak, while providing insurance in case of injury. Combined with Zane McIntyre’s anticipated departure, this move would make a lot of sense.
Speaking on the Bruins restricted free agents, Sweeney confirmed that the team is trying to keep its restricted free agents:
Don Sweeney speaking on the Bruins’ restricted free agents:— Cam Kerry (@camkerry7) June 28, 2019
“We’re negotiating with all of our players and intend to have them all back”
The Bruins have just over 12 million dollars to play with (per CapFriendly), and need to re-ink the likes of Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Danton Heinen. These three were major contributors, especially on the defensive end.
Sweeney also confirmed that the Bruins have extended offers to Noel Acciari, but doesn’t expect an answer right away on team’s proposal:
“Noel has put himself in a good position and he’s going to hear what’s out there around the league, and what’s best for him.”
Acciari pieced together a solid year, totaling 14 points. The fourth line staple has accumulated a reputation for his hard-hitting style of play.
Free agency beings July 1.