Don Sweeney open to almost any term on deals with McAvoy, Carlo

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The Columbus Blue Jackets finally agreed to terms with restricted free agent Zack Werenski on Monday.

The 22-year-old will check in at $15 million over three years and ends with Werenski still a RFA in 2022.

TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie thinks this contract could loosen up negotiations for other RFA defensemen, including Bruins Charlie McAvoy with the Bruins.

Werenski deal could be a catalyst for McAvoy and Provorov, but no guarantee either. Of the two big RFA D, McAvoy has proclaimed his love for BOS and it would appear he’s much more inclined to want to a longer-term deal (6, 7 or 8?) than a bridge (2 or 3).

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 9, 2019

General manager Don Sweeney, though, put a halt to some of that talk when he addressed the media after the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo.

“Every deal sort of allows things to continue to take shape. We’ll be in touch, as we have been, with Charlie and Charlie’s group, as well as Brandon’s [Carlo> group,” he said.

Sweeney said that the Bruins have talked to both players about deals of different lengths, except for ones that would take them up to unrestricted free agency without buying at least a year of UFA. Carlo is four years from UFA eligibility; McAvoy has five more years to go.

“But we haven’t taken really anything other than that off the table. We’ve had discussions for well over a year, we’ll find a spot. I’ve said that all along, I do believe we’ll find a spot and we’ll have both those players in our mix,” Sweeney said.