The Puck Has Dropped on Free Agency, Where's the Bruins?

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The Boston Bruins have been relatively quiet on day one of NHL Free Agency.  The team has announced they have re-signed defenseman Kevin Miller to a one-year-deal but beyond that they’ve been quiet.  The deal is apparently for one year with a value of up to $2 million depending on bonuses. The contract will have a $1 million base salary and cap hit.

The Bruins add Miller to an affordable deal and he’ll provide depth at the blueline.  Miller missed all of last season with a knee injury, and if he’s healthy, this is a low risk signing with some value and upside.  He’ll be coming off his fourth surgery on his knee, he recently had surgery in June. The Bruins have been linked to some names in free agency, Coyotes forward Taylor Hall and Predators forward Craig Smith.  While Hall may seem like a long shot, Smith might be more of a realistic addition in Boston.  Smith would bring the ability to score 20 or more goals to this Bruins offense, in fact, Smith has scored 20 or more goals in five of his last seven seasons. The 31-year-old winger would slot nicely on the third line with Charlie Coyle.  The Bruins would also get durability out of Smith, he doesn’t miss games and has only missed anymore than six games in a season since he came out as a rookie back in 2011-12.  The ability to add a goal scorer and a bottom six forward would be a win for General Manager Don Sweeney.  The 6-foot-1 forward also will bring some speed to the Bruins. 

There will be teams in the market for Smith, including the hated Montreal Canadiens.  They need another forward for their bottom six similar to the Bruins and they need some size to their young, fast roster.  Smith checks the boxes for both clubs, but if multiple teams are involved their could be a bidding war for a forward on the other side of 30. 

With the salary cap frozen at $81.5 million, there is only so much money to go around, especially with defenseman Torey Krug still unsigned, and it’s believed he’s still talking to the Bruins.  It’s still relatively early in free agency and the Bruins are actively talking to players who might wear the “B” across their chest this season.  Whether Smith, Hall, or even Krug end up in Boston, one thing is for certain, the puck has dropped on free agency and it’s time for the Bruins to get involved. 

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