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A few minutes after the NHL free agency period began, the Bruins announced a flurry of moves. The Bruins re-signed D-man John-Michael Liles (1-year at $2 million) and G Anton Khudobin (2-years at $1.2 million/year) who are both nice, solid depth signings. The biggest moves were the signing of former St Louis Blues 32-year old C David Backes ($30 million over 5 years) and the decision to not resign Loui Eriksson who got a monster 6-year contract at $6 million per year with the Vancouver Canucks.

Although the length of time for a 32-year old isn’t ideal, Backes is an impact player and instantly makes the Bruins better. He finished last season with 21 goals and 24 assists in 79 games and could easily be a mid-20s goal scorer next year. He is a veteran presence in the locker room, which can only help a Bruins team that has some young forward talent. Many will balk at the length and price of the contract for a guy who is showing a little decline, but I believe he will have a big impact on this team next season.

After day 1 the Bruins made some nice moves, but still need D-man help. Hopefully that is coming soon…