Despite their cap situation, the Bruins knew they couldn’t afford to sit out the first day of NHL free agency.
After all, they still need to ice a complete roster.
Prioritizing bargain-priced veterans, the Bruins added James van Riemsdyk on a one-year deal worth $1 million. They made a reunion with Milan Lucic official with a $1 million contract that comes with another $500,000 in performance bonuses, and added veteran and former Boston University standout Kevin Shattenkirk on a one-year deal worth $1.05 million. Seattle bottom-six standout Morgan Geekie was also added, on a deal worth $2 million per season, and Geekie was the only one of the four to receive any sort of term, with Boston inking Geekie to a two-year deal at that hit.
“I don’t think you ever feel comfortable with where you sit in July [and] I don’t think you fully build your team out,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. “You have a lot of if, ands, or buts, but with the congestion of the marketplace as it relates to the cap and where we were, I think we did a lot of the things that we set out to do in addressing the depth overall of our club.
“We have plenty of opportunity for younger kids to come in and take their place if they earn it, but we’ve also complemented the group with players we felt we needed to fill some holes and address some needs.”
But the Bruins didn’t stop there, and instead rounded out their day with another five signings, and with ‘depth’ once again being the word with all four additions.