Replacing Rich Peverley


Ryan Spooner had 17 goals and 40 assists with Providence this past season

It’s been less than one week since NHL free agency opened up and the Bruins have already acquired a pair of upper echelon forwards. Loui Eriksson makes his way to Boston via Dallas, while Jarome Iginla was inked to a one-year deal.

Peter Chiarelli seemingly reconstructed the right side of his club in a matter of hours, effectively replacing and arguably upgrading over Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton. Though Boston still has an opening in their lineup. The departure of Rich Peverley leaves a need along their third line.

Here’s how the Bruins forward lines project as of right now:



Soderberg–Kelly – ?


So who do the Bruins turn to as a third line filler? They will have a number of internal options, as they have quietly stockpiled and developed young talent in recent years. Though there are still quite a few viable free agents remaining on the market.

At this point nothing is etched in stone, but it’s likely Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg will make up two-thirds of line three.

It’s a bit unclear as to how much cap space will remain once Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask sign their new deals. But never the less, here are a few free agents Boston could possibly snag for cheap money:

Nik Antropov – Winnipeg Jets

Simon Gagne – Philadelphia Flyers

Dustin Penner – Los Angeles Kings

Steve Sullivan – New Jersey Devils

Vinny Prospal – Columbus Blue Jackets

Jochen Hecht – Buffalo Sabres

Ryan Jones – Edmonton Oilers

Chad LaRose – Carolina Hurricanes

More likely than not, it will be a youngster from within the organization getting a chance. Boston has several players who impressed at the AHL level last season that are ready to contribute with the big boys. Here are some possible candidates that could break camp with the Bruins:

Tyler Randell

Ryan Spooner

Jared Knight

Alex Khoklachev

Reilly Smith

Jordan Caron is also an option that makes a great deal of sense. Caron has experience playing with the Bruins and is a big bodied forward who plays a strong north-south game. Caron is currently a restricted free agent; therefore the Bruins would need to work out a deal in order for this option to come to fruition.

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior NHL Contributor – Title Town Sports Network

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