The Boston Bruins have lost UFA F Noel Acciari to the Florida Panthers. First reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Acciari has agreed to a three-year deal with the Panthers worth around $5 million total. The deal will take Acciari’s annual average value over $1 million per season.
Acciari played in 72 games with Boston in 2018-19 and registered 14 points (6 g, 8 a) in a consistent fourth line role. The Rhode Island native and former Providence College Friar had a career-high 221 hits in 2018-19 and forced 35 takeaways as opposed to just 13 giveaways. Acciari played 12:59 per game for Bruce Cassidy this past season.
Acciari will join Sergei Bobrovsky, Brett Connolly, Anton Stralman and Joel Quenneville as key additions to the Panther organization this summer. Florida has not made the postseason since 2016, when they lost in the first round to the New York Islanders.
The Bruins extended D Connor Clifton earlier this afternoon and are rumored to be in the market for a goaltender. Stick with Boston Hockey Now for all of the latest news on the Bruins.