BOSTON - Don Sweeney kept busy on Monday as Boston's general manager inked seven players to contracts during the opening day of free agency. Among the transactions were a three-year contract extension for defenseman Connor Clifton, as well as free-agent deals for depth forwards Brett Ritchie and Par Lindholm.
Sweeney also announced the signings of forward Brendan Gaunce, goalie Max Lagacé, and restricted free agent and Providence winger Ryan Fitzgerald to one-year, two-way contracts. Defenseman Josiah Didier was also inked to an AHL contract.
"We fell one game short, and I still think we have a really good core coming back," Sweeney said of the 2018-19 season. "I've always said all along, we need to infuse internal competition, bring in some players that can fill some gaps and holes. We lost a couple good players, but I also want excitement generated as a result of the players who should recognize opportunity."
Here's a rundown of the day's transactions and more notes from Day 1 of free agency: