An apparent bidding war for the services of veteran winger Nick Foligno will lead the 33-year-old to Boston as one of the newest members of the Bruins on a two-year deal worth $7.6 million ($3.8 million average annual value).
The Athletic’s Michael Russo was the first to report the news of Foligno’s signing with the Bruins, while Foligno himself confirmed his move to Boston during an interview with TSN.
A 14-year veteran, Foligno is known primarily for his nine-season tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets, which included a six-year run as the team captain, as well as a career-high 31 goals and 73 points in 2014-15.
Foligno actually finished the 2021 season as a member of the Maple Leafs following a deadline deal to Toronto in exchange for a first-round pick. In Toronto, the 6-foot, 211-pound forward skated in a bottom-six role, and finished with four assists in seven games before adding one helper in four postseason appearances for the Leafs. Splitting his time between Columbus and Toronto, Foligno’s 2021 campaign included seven goals and 20 points, along with 133 hits, in 49 games.
Speaking with reporters Wednesday night, Foligno, who can play all three forward positions, made it known that he’s not exactly sure where he’s going to line up for the Bruins in 2021-22. But he’s more than on board with his role as a supporting cast member, likely somewhere in the Boston bottom-six forward grouping.
“I think I’ve heard everything but goalie,” Foligno said with a grin when asked about his role with the Bruins. “I’m just here to help. They want to win, they know how to win, and I want to be part of that.”
Foligno has 203 goals and 486 points in 957 career games between the Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets, and Ottawa Senators.
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