As the Bruins prepare for their exhibition game against the Columbus Blue Jackets the team made an announcement today. The Bruins and forward Anders Bjork have agreed to a three-year extension. The soon to be twenty-four year old forward was set to become an RFA once this season was finished. Now he will be wearing black and gold for the foreseeable future.
Anders Bjork Extension
As previously mentioned, Anders Bjork’s extension is for the next three seasons. It will also pay Anders $1.6 Million per year. A decent raise from his previous $925k yearly salary. The former University of Notre Dame star was finishing up his entry-level contract. With the current flat cap locking up the speedy Bjork to such a team-friendly deal will pay off big for the Bruins. While all the contract details are not available yet on any bonuses you can see all the ins and outs at CapFriendly. With Bjork now locked up the Bruins have about $16.36 Million in cap space remaining for their other free agents.
While this extensions is clearly a win for the team, it also is a win for Bjork. The young forward has had plenty of trouble staying on the ice before this year. Signing a three-year deal provides some security about his future moving forward. Another bonus for Bjork is once his deal is done league revenues should be on the rise again. If he can realize some of his potential he could be in for a decent-sized payday in his last RFA year.
Bjork had a career year, setting highs for games played with 58, goals with 9, assists 10, and points 19. Not bad for his first full NHL season on the third line. The timing of the extension is another break for the team. Already being heralded as one of the return to play camp standouts, a solid playoff performance could have seen his price take a leap. Probably closer to the $2-2.5 Million range where this writer figured he would be. Bjork and Coyle made for a dangerous pair on the third line, creating multiple chances but just not being able to finish them. With a little more puck luck and a talented running the Bruins third line should be terrorizing opponents for years to come. With games just around the corner and plenty of news still to come keep checking back for all the latest on your favorite Boston teams. Stay safe out there and LET’S GO BRUINS!
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