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Murphy: RFA’s Prevented Bruins From Signing High-End UFA’s (BHN+)



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As expected and predicted here just prior to the start of the NHL unrestricted free agent season Monday, the Boston Bruins were not in on any big-ticket UFA’s and instead addressed depth positions both at the NHL and AHL level.

The Bruins signed UFA forwards Par Lindholm (two years, $850,000 per season), Brett Ritchie (one year, $1 million per season), and Brendan Gaunce (one year, $700,000). Boston also signed goaltender Maxime Lagace to a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL cap hit of $700,000 and defenseman Josh Didier to an AHL contract.

The Bruins also addressed some internal business also extending defenseman Connor Clifton to a three-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season with an annual cap hit of $1 million and restricted free agent forward Ryan Fitzgerald to a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL cap hit of $700,000.

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With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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