The Boston Bruins team are officially back as they announced the singing of 22-year-old Brandon Carlo to a two-year contract with a salary cap of $2.85 Million per year. Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney made the announcement this morning.
The Colorado Springs, Colorado native played 72 games last season with the Bruins. He netted two goals with eight assists for 10 points. This past season marked the first time the 6-foot-5, 212 pounds defenseman made a Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance. He had previously suffered injuries the last two seasons. Carlo made an appearance in all 24 post-season games, tallying two goals with two assists while averaging 21:31 time on the ice.
During the regular season he averaged around 20:55 on the ice (fourth on the team). He also ranks fourth on the team for plus/minus (plus 41). Carlo now has played in 230 NHL career games. He was selected by the Bruins in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft as the 37th overall pick.
The signing comes off the heels of the anticipated Charley McAvoy deal and with earlier assurance from GM Don Sweeney that there would be enough to sign the 22-year-old. After inking the deal with the RFA defenseman, Boston now has $1.15 Million left in cap space. Earlier in his career Carlo was paired with Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara, before finding his stride with Torey Krug.
A STEAL FOR BOSTON
As he became more confident on the ice, Carlo ended up being one of the Bruins more reliable blue-liners. With both signings confirmed, Sweeney pulled off two important (and fair) deals without moving major parts, calming down the Bruins faithful.
With both RFA's (restricted free agent) locked in under the teams belt, the hope is that both Carlo and McAvoy continue to progress in their game-play. Given that Chara’s time in Boston will be winding down soon, the Bruins will need his heirs seasoned.
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