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The Boston Bruins were arguably the most aggressive team in NHL free agency on Wednesday as general manager Don Sweeney wasted little time adding depth and versatility to his roster.

"We're in win mode," Sweeney said on a Zoom call Wednesday night, shortly after the team made its moves official.

Four of the five players the Bruins signed from outside the organization have contracts of three or fewer years. Three of those deals are for just two years, which makes sense considering two or three years might be how long of a window this team has to win another Stanley Cup with its core group.

Tracking all of the NHL free agency movement on Day 1

Let's grade each of the five signings and the one trade the Bruins made on Day 1 of free agency.

Nick Foligno

Position: Center/wing

Contract: Two years, $7.6 million ($3.8M salary cap hit)

Grade: B

Foligno tallied a career-high 31 goals and 73 points in the 2014-15 season. In the six seasons since, he's scored above 37 points once and he's hit the 20-goal mark once. Foligno was a huge disappointment for the Leafs last season after they acquired him from the Blue Jackets at the trade deadline for a hefty price. The Bruins will be hoping for an offensive bounce back from the 33-year-old veteran, who will be playing on a team more suited to his style of hockey in Boston. Foligno is pretty versatile, though, capable of playing all three forward positions. He also can contribute to both the power play and penalty kill units. Simply put: He's an all-situations player.

For the Bruins to get the most value from this contract, Foligno needs to be in the 15-20 goal range and play a strong two-way game. He's very much capable of doing both.

Bruins moves in 2021 NHL free agency

The Bruins began NHL free agency Wednesday with a flurry of activity.

Erik Haula

Position: Center/wing

Contract: Two years, $4.75 million ($2.375M salary cap hit)

Grade: C+

Haula can play at center or on the wing. He brings great speed to the ice and excels on faceoffs (55.1 win percentage on draws last season). Haula also has experience playing with Bruins forward Charlie Coyle from when they both were on the Minnesota Wild. He has the potential to be a useful player for the Bruins with his versatility, but a $2.375 million cap hit for a fourth line caliber player is a bit much. 

Tomas Nosek

Position: Center/wing

Contract: Two years, $3.5 million ($1.75M salary cap hit)

Grade: B

The Bruins needed to add more offensive skill to their fourth line this offseason and Nosek fits the bill. Nosek is capable of scoring around 15 goals in a normal 82-game season as either a left winger or center. He also brings quality size at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. At a pretty low price of $1.75 million per season, Nosek was well worth the gamble.

Derek Forbort

Position: Defenseman

Contract: Three years, $9 million ($3M salary cap hit)

Grade: B+

Did the Bruins pay a little too high of a price for a player who's ideally a very good third-pairing defenseman? Yeah, maybe. However, Forbort brings a few elements Boston's blue line badly needs, and they are penalty killing and toughness. He's got plenty of size at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds. He's also a very good penalty killer and led the Winnipeg Jets with 2:34 of shorthanded ice time per game last season. The B's needed a penalty killing defenseman after losing two of them in Kevan Miller (retirement) and Jeremy Lauzon (expansion draft) earlier in the offseason. 

Forbort should be a reliable defensive defenseman capable of playing 20-plus minutes per night for the duration of his contract.

Linus Ullmark

Position: Goaltender

Contract: Four years, $20 million ($5M salary cap hit) 

Grade: A-

Boston's best move was signing Ullmark, a goaltender who shined in Buffalo last season despite playing on a Sabres team that was historically awful. The 27-year-old netminder posted a .917 save percentage and a 9-6-3 record on a club that won just 15 games overall.

Ullmark tallied a .937 save percentage at 5-on-5, which ranked sixth-best in the league and was higher than Vezina Trophy winner Marc-Andre Fleury and Stanley Cup winner Andrei Vasilevskiy. He also posted the eighth-best save percentage (.861) on high-danger shot attempts. His 9.13 goals saved above average (GSAA) was the seventh-highest in the league as well.

So, the Bruins are getting a goaltender in his prime who played really well on a horrendous team in 2020-21 and will now play in front of a team that plays a very structured and fundamentally strong defensive game. 

Boston has ranked in the top 10 in save percentage as a team four consecutive seasons. That streak is unlikely to end in 2021-22 with Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman as the goalie tandem.

Dan Vladar

Position: Goaltender

Trade: To the Calgary Flames for 2022 third-round pick

Grade: B

Vladar showed plenty of potential at the AHL level and was decent at the NHL level despite some poor numbers last season. The problem for Vladar was he required waivers to be sent to the Providence Bruins and Swayman does not. If Vladar went on waivers, it would have been hard to envision a team not claiming him given his age and talent. With Ullmark, Swayman and potentially Tuukka Rask in the mix for ice time next season, the chances of Vladar getting a real look in 2021-22 weren't great.

He was a third-round pick of the Bruins in 2015, so recouping that from the Flames represents a solid move for Boston.

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Boston Bruins Sign Tomas Nosek


By: Nathan Anderson | Follow me on Twitter @dairybeast

When Free Agency opened up on July 28, all eyes in Boston focused on Don Sweeney as teams scrambled to grab their top choices. My feelings going into the day were that the Bruins desperately needed a left-defenseman to slot into the top four next season. Sweeney did not go down that route instead of loading up on depth and making a splash on a potential goaltender of the future.

This article is going to be about my opinions on all the big signings from day one of Free Agency, and I’ll assign a grade to each of them. I don’t have any fancy grading mechanism or calculations that I used to come up with these. These are my gut opinions on how the signings fit with the team and the price the Bruins are paying for them.

Mike Reilly: C

The Bruins’ first move was to re-sign Mike Reilly, who came over from the Ottawa Senators last season around the trade deadline. He signed for three years at $3 million per year to come back and play in Boston. Reilly had 27 points in 55 games last season with the Sens and B’s but disappeared in the playoffs after a fairly decent first-round showing.

My problem with this signing isn’t Reilly himself, but I think that $3 million for a guy who will be, at best, a second pairing defenseman is a little bit expensive. I think; ideally, Mike Reilly plays a third pairing and second powerplay role for a championship-winning team. If Sweeney is planning on playing Reilly in a second-pairing role, I don’t like the Bruins’ chances when we get to June and July. 

I also feel as though Reilly fits a similar need as Matt Grzelcyk. They’re both offensive-minded defensemen who can play the powerplay and set up other guys to score. I don’t know, however, if the Bruins necessarily need two of those guys. Having defensemen who can contribute to the offense is obviously not a bad thing, but I don’t think Grzelcyk or Reilly are elite offensive defensemen by any means.

Reilly’s price and the fact that he fits the same role as Grzelcyk, in my opinion, make this a very average signing. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t show much ambition either. It was a safe signing, and we generally know what we’re going to get from Reilly next season.

Derek Forbort: C+

A lot of what I just said about Mike Reilly applies to this signing as well. Forbort gets three years, $3 million from the Bruins to come and play defense in Beantown. I don’t know a ton about Forbort, but from what I hear, he is a decent tough guy who will block every shot possible and can be useful on the penalty kill.

I gave this signing a C+ as opposed to Reilly’s C because I think Forbort plays a different role than the other left-handed defensemen the Bruins have. Forbort will fill the void left by Jeremy Lauzon and Kevan Miller in terms of toughness, but it remains to be seen if he can provide some additional value to the team next season.

Erik Haula: A-

I really like this signing by Sweeney. Erik Haula has a huge upside for the Bruins, and he really didn’t demand that much money. The deal comes in at two years for $2.375 million each year on average. Haula played last season for the Nashville Predators and put up a pretty respectable 21 points in the shortened season.

The season I really want to key in on, though, is 2017-2018. In Vegas’s inaugural season, Haula put up a 29-26-55 stat line for the Golden Knights that year, and if he can replicate anything near that for the Bruins, this signing will be an absolute steal.

Haula has great speed and a nose for the net that could allow him to score a bunch of gritty goals. He’ll fit in great on the third line for the Bruins and can play either center or wing. Haula’s speed could be a game-breaker too, and that could be the difference-maker in a tight playoff game if the Bruins can get there.

Tomas Nosek: B

Nosek’s signing came in right around the same time as Haula’s did, and it’s another signing I like. Nosek was another guy who was a part of that insane Vegas team that made the Cup Final in their first-ever season, and he was part of a great fourth line on that team. He had his best season this past year, scoring his career-high in points while only playing about half the games he normally would.

Nosek should slot in nicely on the Bruins’ fourth line. He, like Haula, can also play both wing and center, which will allow Bruce Cassidy to have flexibility when putting together his lineup. At just $1.75 million per year, if Nosek can chip in with some scoring, this will be an excellent addition to the team for the next two years.

Nick Foligno: A

I love this signing for the Bruins. Foligno is a guy that I think fits the Bruins’ style of play very well and will be a great leader in the dressing room for the Black and Gold. Foligno was a captain in Columbus and was brought in by Toronto to provide veteran leadership. At $3.8 million, this deal is a steal, in my opinion.

Foligno is a guy who can play all 200 feet of the ice and can also finish around the net. He is a big body who will add a physical aspect to whatever line he plays on, and he can slide around the lineup and play anywhere on any line for the Bruins. He had a down year for his standards last season with the Leafs and Jackets, but if he can find his scoring touch again this upcoming season, I love this deal.

I personally see Foligno adding some depth to the Bruins’ third line. He’ll probably play the wing for either Charlie Coyle or Erik Haula, depending on if Sweeney can go out and get a second-line center before the season begins.

Linus Ullmark: B+

This is definitely the most interesting signing for the Bruins. Ullmark signed for four years at $5 million each year. At 28-years-old Ullmark will be under contract until he is 32. While some folks expected the Bruins to go out and sign a veteran goaltender until Tuukka Rask can play, if he can play, Sweeney went out and got a bonafide number one goalie to play in the Garden for four years.

Ullmark posted a .917 save percentage and 2.63 goals against average in 20 games last season for the Sabres. Somehow, on a team that only won 15 games all season, Ullmark recorded a 9-6-3 record. With a traditionally better defensive team, Ullmark could have a fantastic season in Boston. It’s obviously too early to think about Vezina potential, but both of the last two Bruins’ starting goaltenders were Vezina winners.

We’ll have to wait to decide if $5 million is a steal or a reach for Ullmark. I could see it going either way, especially if the plan is to get Tuukka back in the net if he’s able to get healthy during the season. It also raises questions of the Bruins’ intentions with Jeremey Swayman, who was very promising last season, but definitely needs some more time to develop.

Overall Grade: B+

While I like a lot of Sweeney’s moves, the main problem I have with this free agency period so far is that he did not address the main needs of the team. I think a lot of people would agree that the Bruins’ main need was defense. I know a lot of people love him, but Matt Grzelcyk is not a top-pairing defenseman in the NHL, in my opinion. At least not on a championship team.

Rather than go out and fill the defensive needs that were needed, Sweeney chose to fill up with lower quality defensive depth and attempted to add depth scoring. I think he did a great job at executing that strategy, but I don’t really agree with the fundamental strategy. He definitely could still go out and trade for a top-four level defenseman, but as of now, I think that is still a gaping hole in the Bruins’ depth chart.

If you’d like to check out my thoughts in video format, I’ll include a video I uploaded recently to YouTube as well. Feel free to hop into the comments section of that video and let me know what you think, whether or not you agree with my opinion. Please also remember that these are just opinions, and it’s perfectly fine to disagree!




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Boston Bruins Sign Derek Forbort

The Boston Bruins made a bunch of moves on Day 1 of NHL free agency to add depth and talent at every position on their roster.

Tracking all of the NHL free agency movement on Day 1

They officially announced a flurry of signings and one trade Wednesday evening. Here's a list of those transactions.

Free agents

  • Linus Ullmark, Goalie, four-year contract with $5 million salary cap hit
  • Nick Foligno, Forward, two-year contract with $3.8 million salary cap hit
  • Erik Haula, Forward, two-year contract with $2.375 million salary cap hit
  • Tomas Nosek, Forward, two-year contract with $1.75 million salary cap hit
  • Mike Reilly, Defenseman, three-year contract with $3 million salary cap hit
  • Derek Forbort, Defenseman, three-year contract with $3 million salary cap hit
  • Troy Grosenick, Goalie, one-year two-way contract with $750,000 salary cap hit
  • Samuel Asselin, Forward, two-year entry-level contract with $750,000 salary cap hit
  • Steven Fogarty, Forward, one-year two-way contract with $750,000 salary cap hit
  • Tyler Lewington, Defenseman, one-year two-way contract with $750,000 salary cap hit


  • Goalie Dan Vladar to the Calgary Flames for a 2022 third-round draft pick

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Boston Bruins Announce Free Agent Signings and Transactions

 Linus Ullmark, G 

The Bruins have signed goaltender LinusUllmark to a four-year contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $5 million. 

Ullmark, 27, started 20 games for Buffalo in 2020-21, posting a 9-6-3 record with a .917 save percentage and a 2.63 goals against average. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound goaltender has appeared in 117 career NHL games with Buffalo, posting a 50-47-13 record with a .912 save percentage and a 2.78 goals against average. 

The Lugnvik, Sweden native was originally selected by Buffalo in the sixth round (163rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Nick Foligno, F 

The Bruins have signed forward Nick Foligno to a two-year contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $3.8 million. 

Foligno, 33, skated in 49 games with Columbus and Toronto in 2020-21, recording seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points. The 6-foot, 211-pound forward has appeared in 957 career NHL games with Ottawa, Columbus and Toronto, totaling 203 goals and 283 assists for 486 points.

The Buffalo, New York native was originally selected by Ottawa in the first round (28th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Erik Haula, F 

The Bruins have signed forward ErikHaula to a two-year contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $2.375 million.  

Haula, 30, skated in 51 games with Nashville in 2020-21, recording nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points and a plus-21 rating. The 6-foot, 193-pound forward has appeared in 456 career NHL games with Minnesota, Vegas, Carolina, Florida and Nashville, totaling 94 goals and 102 assists for 196 points with a plus-196 rating.  

The Pori, Finland native was originally signed as a free agent by Detroit in 2014, before being selected by Vegas in the expansion draft in 2017.

Tomas Nosek, F

The Bruins have signed forward TomasNosek to a two-year contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $1.75 million. 

Nosek, 30, skated in 38 games with Vegas in 2020-21, recording eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points and a plus-seven rating. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward has appeared in 257 career NHL games with Detroit and Vegas, totaling 32 goals and 34 assists for 66 points. 

The Pardubice, Czech Republic native was originally selected by Minnesota in the seventh round (181st overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Mike Reilly, D

The Bruins have signed defenseman Mike Reilly to a three-year contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $3 million. 

Reilly, 27, was acquired by the Bruins at the 2021 NHL trade deadline. In 15 regular season games with the Bruins, Reilly recorded eight assists and a plus-seven rating. In 11 playoff games, the 6-foot-1, 199-pound defenseman tallied four assists and a plus-three rating.

The Chicago, Illinois native has appeared in 259 career NHL games with Minnesota, Montreal, Ottawa and Boston, totaling eight goals and 72 assists for 80 points. Reilly was originally selected by Columbus in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Derek Forbort, D

The Bruins have signed defenseman DerekForbort to a three-year contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $3 million. 

 Forbort, 29, skated in 56 games with Winnipeg in 2020-21, recording two goals and 10 assists for 12 points with a plus-one rating. The 6-foot-4, 219-pound defenseman has appeared in 331 career NHL games with Los Angeles, Calgary and Winnipeg, totaling eight goals and 57 assists for 65 points with a plus-eight rating. 

The Duluth, Minnesota native was originally selected by Los Angeles in the first round (15th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Troy Grosenick, G

The Bruins have signed goaltender TroyGrosenick to a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL cap hit of $750,000. 

Grosenick, 31, started two games for Los Angeles in 2020-21, posting a 1-1-0 record with a .922 save percentage and a 3.00 goals against average. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound goaltender has appeared in four career NHL games with San Jose and Los Angeles, posting a 2-2-0 record with a .933 save percentage and a 2.27 goals against average.

The Brookfield, Wisconsin native played three seasons at Union College (2010-13) and was signed as a free agent by San Jose in 2013.

Samuel Asselin, F 

The Bruins have signed forward SamuelAsselin to a two-year, entry-level contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $750,000. 

Asselin, 23, played in 25 games in the AHL with the Providence Bruins in 2020-21, recording one assist and a plus-four rating. The 5-foot-10, 183-pound forward also appeared in 53 games in the ECHL for the Atlanta Gladiators, recording 26 goals and 26 assists for 52 points.

The Repentigny, Quebec native was originally signed to an AHL contract with Providence in 2019.

Steven Fogarty, F

The Bruins have signed forward Steven Fogarty to a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL cap hit of $750,000. 

Fogarty, 28, skated in nine games with the Buffalo Sabres in 2020-21, recording one goal and two assists for three points. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound forward has appeared in 27 career NHL games with the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres, totaling one goal and two assists for three points.

The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania native was originally selected by New York Rangers in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tyler Lewington, D

The Bruins have signed defenseman TylerLewington to a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL cap hit of $750,000. 

Lewington, 26, skated in two games with Nashville in 2020-21, recording one assist and a plus-four rating. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman has appeared in 10 career NHL games, totaling one goal and two assists for three points. 

The Edmonton, Alberta native was originally selected by Washington in the seventh round (204th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.


Sweeney also announced today, July 28, that the team has traded goaltender Dan Vladar to the Calgary Flames for a 3rd round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

Vladar, 23, was originally selected by the Bruins in the third round (75th overall) of the 2015 NHL draft. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound goaltender appeared in five career NHL games with the Bruins, posting a 2-2-1 record with a .886 save percentage and a 3.40 goals against average.

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