The Boston Bruins have re-signed free agent forward Anton Blidh to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will carry an NHL salary of $750K. The 26-year-old was set to become a Group VI unrestricted free agent this summer, but will now stay with the organization he’s known for the last several years.
Blidh was originally a sixth-round pick of the Bruins in 2013, but didn’t come over to North America until the 2015-16 season. When he arrived, he quickly became a valuable depth player for the Providence Bruins, but not much offensive production ever developed. The six-foot winger has played in 38 games with Boston over the years, but has just two goals and three points.
Because he has played so few, Blidh doesn’t help Boston’s expansion situation at all. That means this deal comes purely on merit as a depth bottom-six option. In that injury-insurance role he is okay, but don’t expect him to make much of an impact on the scoresheet. More likely, Blidh will be placed on waivers at the end of 2021 training camp and spend most of the year in Providence once again.