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3 free agents Bruins could potentially target

Cameron Kerry
July 11, 2018 - 11:34 am

NHL free agency is nearly two weeks old, and the vast majority of impact players have found a new home.

Don Sweeney has been quite active at the start of July, flipping and flopping players to fit the teams' needs. With free agency winding down, players can still be added to bolster the team's depth as the Bruins look to compete for a Stanley Cup title. The Bruins have an overabundance of defenseman and have already signed Jaroslav Halak to compliment Tuukka Rask between the pipes, so the B's might look to add another body up front. 

Here are three potential options.

Rick Nash, RW, Bruins

The Bruins have a pressing need for a top flight wing, espeically one that could compliment David Krejci with goal-scoring touch and the ability to win physical battles. Sweeney gave up an arm and a leg to acquire the talented winger, and a late season concussion derailed his time in Boston. He still scored three goals and six points in 11 regular season games, including adding a goal in the postseason. He also boasted a relative Corsi percentage of 3.5 percent, proving to be a boost to the team's puck possession when on the ice. Although he takes flack for a low shooting percentage, Nash has scored 437 goals in his illustrious career. Assuming he does not retire due to his infamous concussion history, he would certainly be welcomed back to help the Bruins offense.

​Mark Letestu, C, Oilers/Blue Jackets

Letestu's numbers will not blow anyone out of the water. He is a modest-at-best scorer, yet can excel on the power play. After Riley Nash's departure to Columbus, the Bruins have a hole to fill up the middle of the ice. Letestu owns a career 52.1 percent faceoff win percentage and can be a reliable force on the power play. It's worth noting 17 of his 35 goals over the past three seasons have come from the man advantage. Whether Sean Kuraly, a free agent addition, or a prospect fills the void, the Bruins need help at third line center. 

Mike Cammalieri, LW, Oilers/Kings

Cammalieri is in the twilight of his career, but that doesn't mean that he would not be a welcome addition. He has produced 642 points in 906 career NHL games. The 36-year-old winger can still produce, as he averaged .47 points per game after a deadline trade to the Kings. Although the bottom six looks pretty solid for the Bruins, Cammalieri could be a nice complimentary depth player capable of producing offense in a sheltered role.

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