NHL Notebook: Evaluating Bruins’ options with free agency about to begin, predictions & more

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With the NHL free-agency frenzy set to get underway on Monday, let’s take a look at a couple of routes that the Bruins could take as the offseason begins to really ramp up.

Let’s get the main issue out of the way first — Boston is set to enter the offseason with just over $12 million in cap space, per CapFriendly. That’s just a hair more than they had last summer, when Don Sweeney added Chris Wagner, John Moore, Joakim Nordstrom and Jaroslav Halak to a roster that eventually made it all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

However, as we noted on Friday, Don Sweeney’s pledge that the Bruins will be “adding players” come Monday seems to really hinge on when Boston can get new deals done with its RFAs in Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen

We’ve already discussed the looming issue of Boston’s RFAs and just how much it might eat into that $12 million in cap space (**whispers** it’s going to be most of it), so let’s take a look at where Boston stands when it comes to UFAs — both out on the open market and with talent that the B’s will try to retain.