Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has been accused, at times, of not doing enough on the first day of NHL free agency to impactfully bolster his NHL roster.
Well, Sweeney did enough and then some on Tuesday when the NHL free agency frenzy began at noontime in a pivotal offseason for the Black and Gold. The Bruins carefully maintained that they are “keeping the door open” for returns from David Krejci and Tuukka Rask, but it sure looks like they are turning the page onto a new Black and Gold era while also going “all in” for their Stanley Cup hopes next season.
The Bruins fortified their roster at every position by bringing in a top-4 defenseman in Derek Forbort, a pair of bottom-6 depth guys in Erik Haula and Tomas Nosek, a 1B goaltender in Linus Ullmark and topped it off with versatile, hardnosed veteran forward Nick Foligno.
When it was all said and done, the Bruins had utilized nearly all their salary cap space to fill out their NHL roster with slightly north of $880,000 space remaining on the books, per our friends at PuckPedia, while really adding to areas that had been shortcomings in each of their last two playoff runs.