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Bruins Sign Brandon Carlo To Six-Year, $24.6 Million Extension

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The Boston Bruins have locked up a key piece to their top 4 defensive group, signing defenseman Brandon Carlo to a six-year, $24.6 million extension on Wednesday. The contract carries an annual NHL salary cap hit of $4.1 million.

“The Bruins are very pleased to have extended Brandon on a long-term deal,” Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney said in a press release Wednesday afternoon. “Brandon is a player who has grown into a foundational defenseman with our team while also emerging as an important leader on and off the ice.”

Per our friends at PuckPedia, the Boston Bruins now have $24.2 million in cap space.

 

 

Carlo is coming out of a two-year contract that carried an annual salary cap hit of $2.8 million for the 6-foot-5, 212-pound rearguard.

Like his now-former teammate Kevan Miller, who retired at the age of 33 on Wednesday, Carlo is coming off an injury-riddled season. Carlo suffered an oblique injury early in the season and then a concussion from the infamous Tom Wilson hit in February limited the Boston Bruins defenseman to just 27 games. Carlo then missed the final three games of the East Division Final against the New York Islanders after suffering yet another concussion in Game 3, compliments of a clean but devastating hit from Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck. Following the playoffs, Carlo assured the media that while he wouldn’t have been able to play a Game 7 against the New York Islanders if the Boston Bruins forced one, he is clear of the concussion symptoms he had been battling way too often this past season.

“No, not at this point, not at all,” Carlo replied then when asked if he’s worried about his future. “I think this year was obviously a struggle through these injuries. It’s no fun, but I’m not going to sit here and get discouraged or think that my career is heading down a wrong path because of a couple concussions. I hope this is the last one of my career and hopefully I can play as long as possible, but for how I’ve recovered from these, I don’t feel like there’s any issue there.”

Carlo’s injury woes have unfortunately been a constant throughout his career thus far. After appearing in all 82 games and finishing with six goals and ten assists in his rookie season, Carlo’s concussion woes began in the final game of that 2016-17 season when Alexander Ovechkin caught him with a high hit. His second concussion came a week before the NHL paused the 2019-20 season due to the pandemic. Former Florida Panthers and current Ottawa Senators forward Evgenii Dadonov chicken-winged Carlo in the head. Carlo missed the rest of the regular season but was able to come back and play all 13 games in the bubble.

When healthy though, Carlo has been able to establish himself as a solid stay-at-home defenseman with rather slick puck-moving skills as well. He and former Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug were a dependable second-pairing for three seasons before the Bruins decided not to let Krug walk via unrestricted free agency last offseason.

Carlo was drafted by the Bruins in the second round (37th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Carlo has 15 goals and 40 assists in 324 regular season games and two goals and three assists in 45 playoff games. He had three goals and an assist this past season while averaging 18:43 time on ice per game. He didn’t register a point in eight games in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His best season statistically was the 2019-20 season when he registered four goals and 15 assists in 67 games. He ranks second on the Bruins in shorthanded time on ice (908:57), fourth in games played (324), fifth in time on ice per game (20:13), and is tied for fifth in plus-minus (plus-58).

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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JustJim

Too long a term for such an injury prone D man.

Defenseman24

I like Carlo but this is a dumb move by Sweeney to give him 6 years at that kind of money. Carlo has been in the league for 5 years and already has 4 concussions, including 2 this past season. Has Sweeney forgotten what happened when the Bruins signed Marc Savard to a long term deal and then he couldn’t play anymore? They were stuck with Savard’s contract counting against the salary cap. If Carlo gets hurt again and ends up not being able to play, the Bruins will be in the same situation as they were with Savard. How… Read more »

Train

You’re right Jim, the annual salary is fine however the term is about three years too long.

[…] Boston: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller retired on Wednesday after an eight-year career. Then the Boston Bruins ended some speculation and signed defenseman Brandon Carlo to a six-year deal.  […]

[…] Boston: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller retired on Wednesday after an eight-year career. Then the Boston Bruins ended some speculation and signed defenseman Brandon Carlo to a six-year deal.  […]

Beesfan

As stated before, this is insane. His history with concussions and he gives him a 6 year contract?! I thought 3 years max was risky but worth the gamble. Another move that convinces me Neely & Sweeney are not competent. Problem is they’re self insulated. Not a fan of former players managing their former teams. I hope he stays healthy and wish him all the best.

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