Today, GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Boston Bruins signed several restricted free agents including forward Jordan Caron, Craig Cunningham and Tyler Randell, who will all look to solidify a spot in the NHL. The B’s also secured defensemen Tommy Cross and Zach Trotman, and agreed to terms with forward Justin Florek.
Caron was the only player who received a one-way contract, reportedly worth $600,000, but Chiarelli notified Trotman he expects the young defenseman to be a part of the club in the future. Trotman earned himself a two-year, $625,000 deal, and in his second season he will receive a one-way contract and will likely be a viable option for the B’s on the back end.
The Bruins also added some depth on the blue line when they signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year deal. Chiarelli is making a point to lock up a slew of forwards and defensemen, but at the end of the day, there are only a few spots to be filled on the roster.
Is Chiarelli just sifting through the ranks to try and find the best candidate to fill the open slots, or is he stock piling players to try and make a move for some star talent who can score 30 goals and make up for the loss of Jarome Iginla? My gut tells me he is just trying to stir up some healthy competition, but what I have learned from Chiarelli is that you never know what he is going to do.
There are several offensive options the B’s can choose from, but there may only be one right fit. Florek has proved he can play at the next level, but Caron is still looking establish himself in the NHL. Plus, you can’t forget about the scrappy Matt Fraser. The six transactions the Bruins made will add a lot of depth to the 2014-15 roster, but whoever is entered into the lineup is going to have some big shoes to fill.