Charlie McAvoy, other restricted free agents, priority for Bruins

Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen, each about to become a restricted free agent, will determine the rest of the Boston Bruins' offseason, general manager Don Sweeney said Friday. 

Each received a qualifying offer from Boston. McAvoy is the only one ineligible to receive an offer sheet from another team because of his service time.

"We're doing what the other teams are doing," Sweeney said. "Having conversations with representatives, gauging interest, trying to fill the holes that we feel that we need to fill and being cognizant that we have to deal with our RFA players.

"And as I've said all along, I don't have a timeline for that but they'll be playing for Boston at some point in time this year prior to Dec. 1. That's the only real deadline we face. But we'll be at it, we've been at it for a while with those guys.

"There are areas you can try to improve your team within reason, but RFA has been a part of that plan, so I'm not going to overextend ourselves unless it was something that we felt was the perfect fit for our hockey club at this time."

McAvoy, a 21-year-old defenseman, led the Bruins in ice time per game (22:10) and had 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 54 regular-season games this season and eight points (two goals, six assists) in 23 playoff games. 

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