There’s been little movement on the contract fronts for Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, as they remain two of many restricted free agents who have yet to sign new deals.
That RFA group shrunk by one on Monday, as Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski signed a three-year contract worth $15 million total. A cap hit of $5 million seems pretty fair. The deal is pretty good for both sides. Werenski gets a raise now and gets a chance to boost his value over the next few years. The Blue Jackets get one of their better defensemen back in the mix and will still have him as a RFA when this contract ends.
I’d actually argue that the deal is better for Columbus, as having those RFA rights is huge. Werenski will be arbitration eligible at that point, but still...that won’t be a giant raise if he decides to play hardball with the Blue Jackets.
Anyways, what does this have to do with the Bruins? Nothing directly, but indirectly, plenty. Werenski and the Bruins’ unsigned RFA defensemen have a lot in common: all three are young (21 for McAvoy, 22 for Carlo and Werenski), American, and have played 3 NHL seasons (though McAvoy only played 6 games in his first season, so he only has 2 seasons toward becoming a UFA).
With all of that in common, it makes sense that people are comparing the three. How do they compare numbers-wise?