With the Boston Bruins roster in need of a few minor tweaks, Don Sweeney went out and addressed some of those tweaks on Day One of Free Agency on Saturday. The last two off-seasons, Sweeney and the B’s have spent big on Day One, inking Matt Beleskey to a five-year $19 million contract in 2015 and giving David Backes $30 million over five years in 2016. Beleskey had a solid first season in Boston but was hampered by injuries and bad play in his second season. Backes had a solid 2016 but wasn’t the player the B’s expected him to be. Sweeney went into this offseason with a few needs in minds: left and right shot defenseman, backup goaltending, and help on the wing. He addressed two of these on Saturday by signing former Winnipeg Jets defenseman, Paul Postma and former St. Louis Blues/Chicago Wolves forward, Kenny Agostino. Let’s take a look at both players and where they might fit in 2017-18.
Height: 6 feet, 3 inches
Weight: 195 pounds
2016-17 Stats: 1 Goal, 13 Assists in 65 games(career-high)
Drafted by Atlanta in 2007(7th round)
Contract Details: One year, one-way contract worth $725,000.
Postma has spent his entire career in the Atlanta/Winnipeg organization and has a reputation of being a very solid defenseman when called upon.
The Red Deer, Alberta, native has appeared in 191 NHL games in seven seasons with the organization and isn’t a flashy player by any means but he’s a guy that likely will be very solid if someone were to get injured.
Postma also has a ton of AHL experience, amassing a total of 226 games, so he’s an experienced player that should be a good locker-room presence for the younger players.
I expect Postma to be the Bruins extra defenseman in 2017-18 and play a decent amount as injuries will definitely happen. Low-risk high reward type deal here and likely won’t stay in Boston beyond next season.
Height: 6 feet, 1 inch
Weight: 205 pounds
2016-17 Stats: 1 Goal, 2 Assists in 7 Games(NHL), 24 Goals, 59 Assists in 65 Games(AHL).
Drafted by Pittsburgh in 2010(5th round)
Contract Details: One year, One-way contract worth $875,000.
The former Yale Bulldog had quite the prolific season in the AHL, leading the league in scoring and eventually winning the MVP award.
Agostino has a little NHL experience with St. Louis and Calgary but hasn’t stuck. He should get a decent shot to make the Bruins roster in 2017-18 if he has a solid training camp.
In the AHL, Agostino has been prolific and has the size to be a successful NHLer with the right coaching. He should fit in well with the wave of young guys hoping to get a spot on the Bruins roster this fall.
I expect Agostino to have a successful camp and he may get a shot on the Bruins roster on the second or third line on opening night. Another low-risk type deal but if Sweeney hits this move out of the park, Agostino could sign a longer contract next summer.
Dominic Moore and Joe Morrow both signed contracts Saturday to play in Toronto and Montreal respectively.
Drew Stafford remains on the open market and has had some contact with the B’s.
The Bruins are still looking to come to terms on a long-term deal for David Pastrnak who is a restricted free agent.
After two miserable seasons in Boston, Jimmy Hayes was bought out on Friday afternoon.