The start of the off-season was key for the Boston Bruins. They had established themselves officially as a rebuilding team and the RFA period needed to be done right. Three of their key players were up for new contracts and it was going to be crucial to sign them sooner than later.
23-year old Josh Anderson agreed to a two-year deal carrying a AAV of $1,000,000. The talks have been said to have gone very smoothly and the young right winger wanting to be a part of the solution in Boston. He finished the 2017 season strong, recording 6 points in 7 games after moving on a line with Brayden Schenn.
Speaking of, Schenn inked a deal worth $17.2M over 4 years. Although the team would have liked to sign on a shorter term, the 26-year old centre felt the extra year was important, bringing him to UFA. Schenn has been a staple in the Bruin line up, having only missed 1 game over the past three seasons combined, and seeing his point total increase each year. Negotiations did take longer than expected, having been opened to potential offer sheets before quickly signing with Boston shortly afterwards.
Loyalty-designated Zach Parise came to terms on a three-year deal worth $10.65M. The 33-year old is coming off his first year in the Bruins uniform where he skated mainly on the first line, but saw great success on the second unit alongside David Desharnais. The Bruins were happy to lock him up and value his experience in the lineup to mentor the younger players coming in.
The Bruins also locked up some depth players, including goaltender Matt O’Connor, defensemen Patrick Wiercioch & Jordan Oesterle, as well as forwards Tyler Gaudet, Nick Jensen and Zach Dalpe.
In a trade that saw the Bruins take on the contracts of both Teddy Purcell & Chris Terry, they also acquired young winger Brock McGinn, who quickly signed a three-year extension that carries a $900,000 AAV. He’s expected to skate on the team’s third line.
The RFA season also brought on the beginning of Unsigned Players. With a clear interest in moving the team in a youthful direction, the Bruins put in bids on several players. On the first day, they were able to sign Spencer Smallman (21), Steven Lorentz (21) and defenseman Michael Kapla (23), who has some experience in the big leagues. All three players will likely report to the team’s farm affiliate to start the upcoming season.
The team was also rumoured to have gone in big for highly sought-after defenseman John Carlson. Some reports claim that the Bruins even exceeded what he eventually signed for in Minnesota, but GM Jason Gallant has remained fairly silent, refusing to discuss terms. Their focus from here will be on the UFA market, where the available talent is plenty.