The Boston Bruins found their left-shot defenseman less than two hours into free agency on Sunday, signing Devils defenseman John Moore to a five-year contract worth $13.75 million ($2.75 million cap hit).
The 27-year-old Moore totaled seven goals and 18 points in 81 games for the Devils last season, and averaged a career-high 20:01 of time on ice per game. A 6-foot-2 defender, Moore set career-highs in goals (12) and points (22) in 63 games with the Devils in 2016-17, and has totaled 32 goals and 99 points in 447 NHL games between four different organizations.
What this means for the Boston blue line, however, remains to be seen.
But at first glance, it certainly seems like the precursor to a trade of some sort. If only because the Bruins would not commit that kind of money for Moore to be the team’s seventh or eighth defenseman. And as the Bruins move on to their next target with John Tavares off the board, trade candidates on their backend include Matt Grzelcyk, Torey Krug, and Adam McQuaid.