To pursue or not to pursue. With free agency set to start in just a few weeks, the Boston Bruins have many questions and roster spots up for grabs. Free agency will be a good opportunity to sign a few necessary pieces.
General manager (GM) Don Sweeney was incredibly active in the first few days of free agency last year, signing Erik Haula, Nick Foligno, Derek Forbort, and Tomas Nosek. Those signings had mixed results in 2021-22. The team will not be as active this offseason as they’re only projected to have about $2.3 million in cap space unless they make a trade or buy out a contract to create more.
In general, the 2022-23 season should see the Bruins making an effort to get some of their young guys (Jack Studnicka, Oskar Steen, Marc McLaughlin) getting more of a chance up in Boston, especially since they’re cheaper than anyone they’ll get in free agency, but one or two unrestricted free agents (UFA) may make a big difference going into the next season if they can find the right guys for the right spots. Looking at who could be hitting the market on July 13, here are my thoughts on who I think the Bruins should consider pursuing and who I think they should avoid.
Pursue: Mattias Janmark
The Bruins need a center, especially if Patrice Bergeron decides to retire. Unfortunately, they do not have very many exciting center prospects and there are not a ton of centers hitting UFA status this summer. Mattias Janmark is a guy who should be in the Bruins price range and could make a decent impact in the middle to bottom six.
Janmark is coming off of a 25 point…