How Bruins GM Don Sweeney describes status of McAvoy, Carlo talks

Matt Kalman
August 22, 2019 - 5:21 pm

The Bruins will open training camp three weeks from Friday, but restricted free agent defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo remain unsigned.

During the Bruins’ Fan Fest tour stop in Leominster, Mass., Thursday, general manager Don Sweeney was asked about how that situation is playing out.

“Not as fast as everybody would like,” Sweeney told’s Michael Tolvo. “But that’s just the nature of the business and every negotiation has its own timeline. We’ll find a finish line at some point and time, Brandon and Charlie will be a part of our organization for a long time. We think really highly of them as players on and off the ice, we just have to find a common ground and we’re working to get there.”

McAvoy and Carlo are part of a legion of unsigned RFAs, a group led by Toronto’s Mitch Marner, Vancouver’s Brock Boeser and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor among the forwards, and Columbus’ Zach Werenski and Philadelphia’s Ivan Provorov as defensemen.

McAvoy is in the unusual position of not having enough service time to be eligible for an offer sheet from another team. The Bruins have about $7.3 million in cap space under the $81.5 million ceiling, according to

Earlier this week McAvoy’s agent Michael Curran spoke to The Athletic and sounded confident he and the Bruins would come to an agreement at some point and time.

“The conversations have been going fine and they’re still continuing,” Curran told Fluto Shinzawa. “Time will come where we find a meeting place. I just don’t know when it’s going to be. Charlie wants to be a Bruin.”

Restricted free agents must sign by Dec. 1 or they are ineligible to play in the NHL in 2019-20.