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Three Bruins set to become unrestricted free agents

Brett Connolly played in 71 games for the Bruins last season and scored nine goals.
Brett Connolly played in 71 games for the Bruins last season and scored nine goals.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/File 2016)

The Bruins will not qualify Brett Connolly, Landon Ferraro, and Ben Sexton, making them unrestricted free agents as of Friday.

The three forwards would have been restricted free agents and under the Bruins’ control had they been qualified by Monday’s deadline.

The Bruins have not ruled out re-signing any of the three forwards, according to general manager Don Sweeney.

In March 2015, the Bruins traded two second-rounders (2015 and 2016) to Tampa Bay for Connolly, the former No. 6 pick from 2010. Connolly had nine goals and 16 assists in 71 games last season. The right wing did not produce consistently in several auditions on the No. 1 line alongside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.

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Connolly, 24, is coming off an average annual value of $1.025 million.

The Bruins claimed Ferraro off waivers from Detroit on Nov. 22, 2015. He spent most of his time as a fourth-liner and penalty-killer, totaling five goals and five assists in 58 games.

The Bruins picked Sexton, 25, in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. He has yet to play an NHL game.

The Bruins extended qualifying offers to Torey Krug, Colin Miller, Joe Morrow, Chris Casto, Brian Ferlin, and Alexander Khokhlachev, who will reach restricted status Friday. Krug is due to cash in, either via negotiation or arbitration, to a deal that should average $5 million annually. The others are due minimal raises. The Bruins expect Khokhlachev to sign in Russia.


Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter@GlobeFluto.