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The Bruins and general manager Peter Chiarelli announced six transactions on Friday, with the B's officially signing forward Jordan Caron, defenseman Tommy Cross, forward Craig Cunningham, forward Tyler Randell and defenseman Zach Trotman to new deals, as well as agreeing to terms with forward Justin Florek. 

Save for Trotman and Caron, all of the contracts are one-year, one-way deals. Trotman was signed to a two-year, $1.25 million deal that includes a one-way provision for the second year of the deal, meaning Trotman will most likely spend next season in Providence before making the jump to the NHL in 2015-16.

The deal for Caron surfaced a few days before, with Caron inking a one-year, $600,000 deal that will keep the former first round pick in Boston for a fifth season. His signing is a questionable one, as we are way past the point of Caron becoming anything but a 13th forward in the NHL, leaving many fans to question why Chiarelli is tying up $600K for an expendable skater. But even still, Caron can serve as an insurance option for the Bruins if they run into injuries down the road. The 23-year-old Caron is a reliable forward with plenty of NHL experience that won't do anything spectacular, but he can step in and provide spot duty if needed.

The deals for Cross, Cunningham, Randell and Florek are as followed:

- The 24-year-old Cross signed a one-year, two-way deal that pays $600K in the NHL and $72.5K in the AHL.
- The 23-year-old Cunningham signed a one-year, two-way deal that pays $600K in the NHL and $85K in the AHL.
- The 23-year-old Randell signed a one-year, two-way deal that pays $575K in the NHL and $70K in the AHL.
- The 24-year-old Florek signed a one-year, two-way deal that pays $600K in the NHL and $90K in the AHL.

The astute Bruins fan may not that the deals announced today do not include ones for Torey Krug, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and David Warsofsky. But do not panic, Bruins Nation. The B's know what they have in those skaters, especially Krug, Smith and Fraser. The six signings made today can be chartered under 'business as usual' for the Black and Gold. The Bruins can now focus the rest of their efforts on re-signing the quartet of restricted free agents in their system.

Breathe easy guys. Torey Krug and Reilly Smith aren't going anywhere. They will be re-signed. As will Matt Fraser and David Warsofsky. The problem comes, however, in clearing other bodies and salary off the roster to make those deals fit under the cap.

With the Bruins taking care of the smaller signings, they can now shift to the next phase in the off-season plan. And that plan begins with trading away enough money off the books.

Brad Marchand's time in Boston now officially reads five minutes to midnight. 

Mark Burke 7/18/2014 04:58:00 PM Edit

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