Predicting Which Bruins Free Agents Return or Leave

Mar 3, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) during the second period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) during the second period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Boston Bruins, Brandon Carlo #25 (Photo by Andre/Ringuette/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins, Brandon Carlo #25 (Photo by Andre/Ringuette/Getty Images) /

Brandon Carlo

Carlo has grown up with the Bruins and at 6-foot-5, his long reach can still be a weapon to frustrate opponents. This season, he dealt with injuries, including a concussion, which limited him to just 27 games in the 56-game season.

When Krug and Chara left in free agency last offseason, Carlo was expected to be a foundation piece with Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk to rebuild the defense around the trio. Carlo, along with Lauzon, were key pieces to the Boston penalty-killing unit this season and a reason why they finished ranked second in the regular season behind the Vegas Golden Knights.

Carlo was injured in Game 3 of the second-round series against the Islanders when he took a hit from Cal Clutterbuck in the third period of a 2-1 Bruins overtime victory. Carlo did not return for the final three games, which were all Bruins’ losses.

A restricted free agent this summer, Boston still sees Carlo as a piece of the future and a key body for next season with the core group and making a run for another Stanley Cup championship.

Prediction: Carlo re-signs.