The 2019 NHL offseason is set to officially heat up Monday afternoon, with free agents cleared to sign contracts starting at noon. BSJ will keep you covered every step of the way over at Warrior Ice Arena, with Bruins general manager Don Sweeney set to address the media later today. Until then, we'll have full updates from what should be an eventful day in hockey.
3:35: Bruins make a number of moves official: Along with the already reported deals, Boston has signed Par Lindholm to a two-year deal with an AAV of $850,000, along with a new deal for RFA Ryan Fitzgerald (one-year, two-way contract with an NHL cap hit of $700,000).
2:44: And we have an offer sheet — the Habs have offered Carolina's Sebastian Aho a 5-year, $42 million contract. Carolina has the right to match and likely will. You'd think that the Habs would have offered more in order to force Carolina's hand.
12:58: Bruins reportedly sign Brett Ritchie to a one-year, $1 million contract. Right-shot winger appeared in 53 games with Dallas last year, tallying six points and recording 57 PIM. Big body at 6-foot-3, 216 pounds.
12:38: Bruins have reportedly added another goalie in Max Lagacé. Reportedly signs for 1 year, $700,000. 26-year-old netminder mostly played in the AHL last year, posting a .914 save percentage over 33 games with the Golden Knight's AHL club in Chicago.
12:32: Another potential Bruins target - Ryan Carpenter — signs with Chicago for three years at $3 million.
12:03: We'll wait and see what other moves Boston makes, but a guy like Karson Kuhlman would be a dynamic piece on a fourth line. Adding him into the mix with guys like Kuraly/Wagner/Nordstrom would give Boston a pretty effective bottom-6 group.
11:59: Meanwhile, great pickup for the Bruins, who have signed Connor Clifton to a three-year extension. Just about $1 million per year for a guy who could be starting regularly as soon as next year. Great value.
11:52: Meanwhile, the top domino in NHL free agency falls — Artemi Panarin reportedly signs with the Rangers. In one offseason, the Rangers add Kakko, Fox, Trouba and Panarin.
11:47: Bruins news incoming: Noel Acciari has reportedly signed with the Florida Panthers — 3 years, $5 million. Don't think Boston was going to give him $1.667 million AAV. Well-deserved contract for Acciari, who should give Boston some welts during Atlantic Division play.
11:40: Bruins have reportedly added one AHL defenseman in Josiah Didier — 26-year-old, right-shot defenseman posted 10 points over 41 games in the AHL last year. 6-foot-3, 207 pounds.
11:38: Seems unlikely that both Acciari and Johansson will be back at this point. Wouldn't be surprised if Johansson gets $5.5 million AAV on a new deal, could see Columbus making a push.
11:28: Well, 30 minutes to go until free agency gets underway — and we can expect quite a few contracts to clear as soon as it hits noon. Names we can expect: Pavelski to Dallas / Duchene to Nashville / Tyler Myers to Vancouver / Stralman to Panthers / Mats Zuccarello to Minnesota / Ron Hainsey to Ottawa / Jason Spezza to Toronto