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Boston Bruins Sign D-man Ahcan To One-Year Deal

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The Boston Bruins had several restricted free agents they hit with qualifying offers to retain their services last week, and they signed one of them this weekend.

The Bruins signed 25-year-old defenseman Jack Ahcan to a one-year deal for $750,000 for the upcoming season, per our friends at Puckpedia.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Ahcan had a goal and a minus-3 rating in six NHL games for the Boston Bruins last season to go along with six goals and 23 points in 45 games in his second AHL season with the Providence Bruins.

While Ahcan has graduated from the development camp stage of his pro hockey career at this point after a couple pro seasons, he’s still one of those players that hasn’t knocked down the door to the NHL as of yet. The puck-moving defenseman was initially signed as an undrafted free agent out of St. Cloud State as a possible long-term replacement for the similarly skilled Torey Krug, but Ahcan has not yet shown that kind of explosive offensive ability at the NHL level.

This could be a key season for him, however, with D-men Mike Reilly, Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie McAvoy all coming back from offseason surgeries, and some clear opportunities to establish himself at the NHL in the first few months of the season with a strong training camp performance.

The Ahcan signing leaves the Bruins with Jack Studnicka, Matt Filipe and Pavel Zacha as unsigned restricted free agents with Zacha having until 5 pm this afternoon to file for salary arbitration with the Boston Bruins. The RFA situation certainly is going to call for some managing from Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney with work still to be done following Monday’s open to NHL free agency, but the biggest challenge facing Sweeney and the B’s this summer will be hammering out a long-term contract extension for David Pastrnak.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Orrfan

Are the Bruins trying to give their ENTIRE fanbase strokes? Who cares about Ahcan? What about Bergeron and Krejci? Holy smokes!
I can’t breathe!

Dean

ya but jack achan is just like don sweeney use to be, dont you get it, 5ft 8 and will be un effective,, just ask grez,,sent krug packing cauz grez was the salvation..lol, lmao..gave brady lyle away for nothing..lol this team is on a collision course with disaster, hence zacha trade, idiot got robbed again, player is dictating how this plays out,, pasta wont resign and sweeney will be stupid enough not to trade him before deadline..bergy and krejic arent stupid and see whats going on, good luck with that..shit rolls down hill, and it went all they way to… Read more »

Aramist70

Sweeney is a complete moron he continues to sign tiny munchkins that are cowards in their own end and they have ptsd for puck retrieval in the corners!! YES YOU GRZ , RILEY ,And this kid are you kidding me??Horrible GM will go down as the gm that destroyed the Bruins he sucked as a player and only survived because of the other beasts on the team!!Little Napoleon without the balls.Sorry but how many more draft busts and now other teams draft busts is he going to sign in Bean town ?? How many more soft players is he going… Read more »

Tony

Why? We’re there no 5’-6” defenseman available?

Last edited 4 months ago by Tony

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