By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
General manager Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins made their first summer re-signing Friday, inking defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to a two-year extension worth $2.8 million. The deal gives Grzelcyk a $1.4 million cap hit for the next two seasons.
The Charlestown, Mass. native truly broke into the NHL this past season, suiting up for 61 regular-season games and totaling three goals and 15 points. Grzelcyk then added one assist over the course of an 11-game postseason run with the Bruins.
Once seemingly log-jammed by Torey Krug — a fellow left-shot defenseman standing at 5-foot-9 — at the NHL level, Grzelcyk formed one of the most effective pairings in the National Hockey League alongside Kevan Miller this past season. In over 500 five-on-five minutes together this season, the Grzelcyk-Miller pairing had the league’s seventh-best goal differential when on the ice (plus-13), and their possession percentage ranked as the 11th-best among pairings with at least 500 minutes together.
Grzelcyk will be an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent at the end of this new deal.
Grzelcyk’s new deal gives the Black and Gold approximately $6.5 million in available space, but that is without the official cap ceiling for the 2018-19 season set. It is believed that the cap will raise at least another $3 million.