According to a team release, the Boston Bruins have signed Dominic Moore, Chris Casto, Brian Ferlin and Alex Grant to one year deals. Moore will earn $900K on a one-way deal, while the other three will be on two-way deals earning $650K, $725K, and $600K respectively. Moore will also earn a $100K bonus if he plays in at least 42 games and the Bruins make the playoffs, reports Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.
Moore, a veteran of 765 NHL games, played last season with the New York Rangers and provided another season of solid bottom-six play. While his offensive production dropped to a career low of 15 points, the 35-year old was still an excellent penalty killer and face-off man for the Rangers, winning a career high 55.3% of his draws.
A former Bill Masterson Trophy winner for perseverance and sportsmanship, Moore has always been regarded as a near-perfect teammate and will a big part of the leadership group on the team next year. He’s heading back to the area he played his college hockey in, graduating from Harvard in 2003.
Casto, 24, has been in the Bruins system since signing in 2013 out of the University of Minnesota. The defenseman had his best season as a professional last year, scoring seven goals and 23 points in 68 games for the Providence Bruins of the AHL. A right-handed shot, Casto will keep working towards a possible NHL debut in the near future, a long way from going undrafted out of the USHL.
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Having already made his NHL debut in 2014-15, Ferlin re-signs with the team who drafted him in the fourth round in 2011 and will try to reestablish himself after missing most of last year to injury. The winger got into just 23 games in the AHL after suffering an injury opening night, but was able to put up 14 points in that short time. A former Big Red member at Cornell University, Ferlin now has 35 points in 83 games in his professional career.
Grant, 27, is another newcomer to the organization, having spent last year with the Arizona organization. A long-time point producer from the blueline in the AHL, Grant has seven games of experience in the NHL, with five of those coming last year with the Coyotes. His career total of 174 points in the AHL was helped by his best year in 2015-16, when he racked up 42 in just 69 games. Another right handed shot, he’ll try to prove that his puck moving ability can be effective at the next level.
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