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Where do Brett Ritchie, Par Lindholm fit on Bruins’ roster for 2019-20?

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With a little over $10 million in cap space remaining and three RFAs still to sign in Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen, it looks as though the Bruins have just about closed up shop when it comes the free-agent class of 2019. 

And while that means the Bruins are likely set to enter the new season without winger Marcus Johansson, Don Sweeney and his team still made the most of what little cap room they had to work with — completing seven transactions on Monday, headlined by a three-year extension for Connor Clifton and a pair of NHL contracts handed out to forwards Brett Ritchie and Par Lindholm. 

While they may not resonate as much as other free agents that inked deals on Monday such as Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, both Ritchie and Lindholm figure to earn regular reps in Boston’s bottom-six next season, especially with Noel Acciari joining the Florida Panthers on a three-year deal. 

Both Ritchie and Lindholm seem to be locks to make the roster out of training camp this fall, but their specific roles on the 2019-20 Bruins seem to be a bit up in the air, given the number of question marks in Boston’s lineup and a backlog of bottom-six skaters. 

With Ritchie and Lindholm added to the fold, let’s reassess Boston’s forward corps and see where some of these pieces might fall in the coming months.