Bruins sign Danton Heinen to two-year deal

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 06: Danton Heinen #43 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at TD Garden on April 06, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Bruins and Danton Heinen have successfully avoided their recently scheduled arbitration date, as the sides came to an agreement on a two-year, $5.6 million contract late Tuesday night, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced.

Drafted by the Bruins with the 116th overall pick in 2014, Heinen has spent his entire pro career with the Bruins, recording 27 goals and 81 points in 162 NHL games. Heinen's best year came in 2017-18, when he recorded 16 goals and 47 points, mostly played on a strong Boston third line with Heinen to the left of Riley Nash and David Backes.

Bouncing around both the left and right side of Boston's top nine through the 2018-19 season, the 6-foot-1 Heinen put up 11 goals and 34 points in 77 games this past season, and contributed two goals and eight points in 24 games on a line with Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson throughout the Black and Gold's 24-game run to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

The contract will come with a $2.8 million cap hit through the 2020-21 season.

With Heinen taken care of, Sweeney and the Bruins have $7.3 million in cap space left to re-sign restricted free agent defensemen Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy.

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