Free agent frenzy was jam packed with action. Certainly, one of the best opening days of free agency in recent memory. The Boston Bruins were in on the action with several signings this offseason. Not only did they add some much-needed depth to the bottom six of the forward group, but they also got help on the defensive end. The Bruins were able to sign the much needed veteran (albeit, young) goaltender Linus Ullmark.
The Bruins aren’t done this offseason, however. Here are some of the remaining tasks on Don Sweeney’s to-do list:
Get David Krejci Signed
A lot of speculation has revolved around this unrestricted free agent. Don Sweeney noted in his conference call after day one of free agency that the veteran center is still debating his future. This leads us to believe that the ball is in Krejci’s court, especially after his end of season comments. Krejci spoke about the desire to eventually return home to play hockey in the Czech Republic.
Krejci’s contract situation is rather unique; he is 35 years old, and the Bruins can get creative with his contract. This grants the flexibility for the Bruins to fluctuate his earnings between his base salary and bonus incentives. Base salary being what counts against the team’s salary cap. This is similar to Jarome Iginla’s contract with the Bruins back in 2013-2014. So, the Bruins can absolutely make it work and get their number two center back in the fold.
What to do with Jake DeBrusk and Chris Wagner
Both guys had rough performances throughout the 2020-2021 season, resulting in various healthy scratches between the two. With the newest acquisitions to the bottom six, one or both may be on their way out the door. Not to mention the Bruins still need to get Krejci signed. They also need to leave the light on for a potential Tuukka return late in the season.
According to CapFriendly, the Bruins have roughly $1.1 million dollars in remaining cap space as of today. DeBrusk is making $3,675,000 in the final year of his two-year deal before he is once again a restricted free agent. And Wagner is set to make $1,300,000 this year and next. Don’t be surprised if the Bruins decide to move on from either one of these guys during the remainder of this offseason.
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