The Boston Bruins have been quiet lately after their hectic beginning to the offseason. Now that the organization has had a chance to digest everything that has happened, they may be looking to bring in more players.
Despite all of that activity, more players have left the team than have actually come into Boston leaving a few positions open. While some may be going to players that are already in the system, do not count out the Bruins making another move in the free agent market before training camp rolls around in a few weeks. Here are a couple of players who may sign with the Bruins as the team tries to fill in the last pieces of their puzzle.
Damien Brunner is still available on the market and someone who may sign on with the Bruins. The winger was let go by the Detroit Red Wings after his first season in the NHL. He has proven himself, tallying 26 points in 42 games last season. In the playoffs, he impressed with nine points in 14 games.
He plays the left side, but shoots right so it is possible that he could slot in on the Bruins’ third line right wing, an area that is still up for grabs. The Bruins should have enough cap space left to sign him. Even just steady production out of him will be helpful for the Bruins; last year the third line was a sore spot and lacked consistency and that needs to change.
If he can come in for cheap and accept his role as a third liner, it would be a win-win for both sides. As of now, there is no interest from other teams, so there is a good chance he will accept a Bruins offer.
Brenden Morrow is another free agent that is surprisingly still available. The experienced winger, although he plays left, could slot into the Bruins’ third line at the right wing, too. He has the grit and steady production that the Bruins would be interested in, similar to Brunner.
Although older, Morrow has been a proven player during his career and has plenty of experience playing with big market teams. He would likely have to take a pay cut from the $4 million he earned last season. Morrow has been linked with the Carolina Hurricanes recently, but nothing has come of it. As of now, he is still available if a team wants him.
Both of these players can offer what the Bruins are looking for as the team tries to solidify itself before training camp. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, but are the type of players the Bruins are looking for to fill in some forward line gaps. However, there is no ruling out promotions from within the club to solve any remaining offensive problems. If there are any moves left for the Bruins, look to these guys to help fill in the holes.
Tim Nikolouzos is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @timnikolou