The Boston Bruins have signed college forward Matt Filipe to an entry-level contract. The deal will keep Filipe under contract through the 2021-22 season. The Carolina Hurricanes originally selected Filipe in the third round of the 2016 Draft.
The Bruins were able to sign Filipe because the Hurricanes failed to sign him prior to the 5 p.m. deadline on August 15. Filipe spent last season with Northeastern University in the NCAA. He scored a career-high nine goals and 22 points in 30 games for the 2020 season. Prior to that, he failed to reach that point mark despite playing in significantly more games.
Filipe's upside was apparently not enough to attract a strong offer from Carolina. But he definitely has the perfect skill set and size for the Bruins system. He stands at 6’2″ and 203-pounds with a physical mindset that has gifted him plenty of time in the penalty box.
Filipe needs another few years of development, so it is unlikely he will make it to the NHL before this deal ends. But it's likely Boston can re-sign him when his contract expires anyway. It all depends on his development and what level of competition he is playing when 2022 comes around.
The signing is a strong start to what will be an important offseason for the Bruins. The team itself is very talented and has a good chance of winning the cup this year. Their top priority will be player retention, with notable guys like Torey Krug, Matt Grzelcyk, and Jake DeBrusk being up for new deals. Then there's also an abundance of prospects in the system that are also in need of new contracts.
Boston already has roughly $63 million committed for next season. That leaves roughly $18.5 million available, as the cap will be staying put at $81.5 million. The Bruins must be cautious with how they spend their money, but they can probably re-sign those three key players. That would leave roughly five million dollars left, which would be enough to lock down the majority of their important prospects. But with that said, Matt Filipe is a smart, low risk, high reward signing, and a great early start to the offseason.
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