Bruins sign Providence College captain to two-year contract
Just weeks after acquiring the rights to Providence College captain Mike Callahan from the Coyotes, the Bruins and Callahan have struck a deal, as the team has signed the defenseman to a two-year entry-level contract.
The deal, which was announced Monday and will begin in 2022-23, will come with an annual NHL cap hit of $883,750, according to Bruins general manager Don Sweeney.
The 22-year-old Callahan will make the jump to the pro game after spending the last four seasons at Providence College, three of which came as a captain for Nate Leaman’s Friars squad. The 6-foot-2 Callahan’s Providence run included 13 goals and 66 points, along with a plus-24 rating, in 136 career games for the Friars.
A Franklin, Mass. native, Callahan played 61 games in the USHL prior to his move to the college game, bouncing between with the Bloomington Thunder, Central Illinois Flying Aces, and Youngstown Phantoms over two seasons.
Callahan, acquired by the Bruins for a 2024 seventh-round draft pick, was originally selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the fifth round (No. 142 overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Callahan’s signing could mark the start of what may be a flurry of college signings for the Bruins, with the team also interested in Providence College forward Parker Ford, as well as Boston College forward and Billerica, Mass. native Marc McLaughlin, according to sources.