The Bruins continued taking care of their unsigned players on Friday, finalizing contracts with forwards Jordan Caron, Craig Cunningham, and Tyler Randell, and defensemen Tommy Cross and Zach Trotman. The team also agreed to terms with forward Justin Florek.
Caron, who remains a candidate to be traded, signed a one-year, one-way deal for $600,000, as had been previously reported. The others all signed or agreed to one-year deals, except for Trotman, who inked a two-year contract.
The deal for Trotman, a defenseman on the cusp of being NHL-ready, is the most interesting of the group. The contract is a two-way deal in the first year, worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $80,000 at the AHL level, but it switches to a one-way deal in the second year, worth $650,000 at the NHL level. The Bruins could need blue-line reinforcements at that time, with Johnny Boychuk’s contract up after this coming season.
“Obviously, that’s a dream come true for any player, and just taking that next step, to being able to have that opportunity to try and prove myself at the next level,” Trotman told the Bruins’ website. “I’m extremely appreciative that the organization has put that trust in me as a player, to develop and to keep continuing to grow and they have the faith in me to be able to play at that level.”
Cross’s one-year, two-way deal is worth $600,000 in the NHL and $72,500 in the AHL. Cunningham’s is a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 in the NHL and $85,000 in the AHL. Florek’s is a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 in the NHL and $90,000 in the AHL. Randell’s is a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL.
Florek could get a chance to join the NHL club this season with three open forward spots available.Amalie Benjamin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.