DONE DEAL: Boston Bruins sign a 6-foot-6 forward to bolster their roster’s stature…

This offseason, the Bruins knew they had to get bigger and faster. Additionally, on Monday afternoon, on the opening day of NHL free agency, Boston added 6-foot-6 Riley Tufte to its roster after signing 6-foot-6 Nikita Zadorov and 6-foot-3 Max Jones.

A first-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, Tufte has appeared in 18 NHL games and will give the Bruins some depth at forward. Tufte joined with the Colorado Avalanche last year after playing in five games and scoring two points with the Dallas Stars during his first two seasons with the team.

The majority of the 26-year-old’s career has been played in the AHL, where he scored 45 points in 67 games for the Avalanche last season.

It so happened that in 2016, Tufte was selected one pick after Jones. Now teammates in Boston, the two can contribute size and could be considered for a bottom-six position when the 2024–25 season starts in October, even though they might not play a lot of minutes.

The Bruins signed a number of players on a bustling first day of free agency, including Tufte. In addition, Boston acquired Elias Lindholm and Zadorov. Lindholm will give the Bruins a top centre, a position they lacked in the 2023–24 campaign.

In addition, the Bruins lost a number of players, including Matt Grzelcyk, Danton Heinen, Derek Forbort, Pat Maroon, and Jake DeBrusk.

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