With NHL free agency set to begin Friday at noon, an NHL source told Dirty Water Sports Thursday night that the Bruins will try to make a splash but it likely will be via a trade — preferably for a young top-pairing defenseman — and not via free agency. However according to this source, the Bruins will be doing their best to use free agency to add depth players and one of the players they’ve zeroed in on is forward and North Andover, MA native Bobby Farnham.
If they were able to sign Farnham, the Bruins would be looking for the Brown University alum to play the role of a pest that they wanted Zac Rinaldo to play last season. But unlike Rinaldo, they would want Farnham to walk the right side of the line, something he too struggled to do at times last season, specifically when he was suspended four games for a “predatory hit” on Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin this past January. Farnham — who actually had a cup of tea with the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence, playing three games in the 2011-12 season — is no stranger to the penalty box either. As a member of the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from 2012-13 until 2014-15, the rugged forward amassed 674 penalty minutes. As a member of the New Jersey Devils last season, Farnham spent 92 minutes in the sin-bin and had eight goals and two assists in 50 games.
For a long time now, numerous sources have also been telling DirtyWaterSports that the Bruins were eyeing 37 year-old free agent defenseman Brian Campbell via free agency and that still appears to be the case. But as of last night numerous reports had the former Panthers, Blackhawks and Sabres rearguard signing with either the Dallas Stars or returning to Chicago whom he won a Stanley Cup with in 2010.