The Boston Bruins have signed Anders Bjork to a three-year contract worth $4.8 million, the team announced Wednesday. This deal carries an annual cap hit of $1.6 million and will keep him under contract through the 2022-23 season.
Bjork was set to be a restricted free agent in the offseason.
It might seem like odd timing to commit to a player who only has 14 goals in 108 NHL games, and not a lot of team are taking care of contracts at this point in the postseason, but the 23-year-old played in more games than he ever did before this past season, score nine goals, and added 10 assists, playing primarily on the team’s third line. The cost is not prohibitive considering the Bruins will have some tough choices to make in free agency and the team must have felt this was a smart bet.
Bjork was taken in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. His first year with the Bruins (2017-18) , he shared time between Boston and Providence but in 30 NHL games, he’d score four goals and 12 points and got some playing time alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
Key to Remember With This Deal
There are some positives to this contract. First, Bjork will not be a UFA at the expiration of the deal, giving the Bruins control if he outperforms the terms of it. Second, with Bjork’s deal done, the Bruins can focus on key negotiations with Jake Debrusk and Matt Grzelcyk, along with talks to keep pending unrestricted free agent Torey Krug.
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