Bruins Sign Sean Kuraly to Three Year Extension, Re-Sign Anton Blidh
Boston, MA - One of the fourth line centers during the Boston Bruins' 2017-18 postseason campaign has extended his contract with the team for three years and $3.825 million. The news on the status of the restricted free agent was initially reported by the Providence Journal's Mark Divver, who previously chronicled Kuraly's free agent status throughout the NHL offseason.
Despite making a name for himself on the fourth line, Kuraly was still an asset for the Bruins throughout the season as he played for an average of twelve minutes in seventy-five of eighty-two games in the season, scoring fourteen points throughout these moments.
What Kuraly lacks in outright talent he makes up for in hustle and grit, as well as clutch play, especially considering the fact that his sixteen playoff games in his career have resulted in four goals. Most notably, Kuraly won a playoff game with his clutch, goal-scoring heroics in a 2017 overtime moment against the Ottawa Senators.
The deal was made official just after noon today and Don Sweeney, the general manager of the Bruins, seemed to believe that discussions went extremely well with the contract viewed as valuable enough to justify a promotion to the third line for Kuraly.
A fan favorite, Kuraly has good size for a center on the rink and Sweeney believes he meshes well with Boston's core group of young players with a potential deep postseason run priming the team in the upcoming season.
In addition to the details of Kuraly's extension, Sweeney also announced that Anton Blidh, a young winger for the team, resigned with Boston for a one year contract worth $650,000. He appeared in one game for Boston during the 2017-18 season while mostly being relegated to the Providence Bruins for seventy-one games where he notched twenty-six points, eleven of which were goals.
Blidh is an unproven talent, to be sure, but the upside is undeniably present with the former sixth round draft pick and at the value Boston retained him for, he is absolutely worth a shot.