The Bruins have added another goaltender to the organizational pipeline.
And he’ll come from the college ranks, as the Bruins have confirmed the signing of goaltender Brandon Bussi to a one-year entry-level contract for the 2022-23 season. The contract for the 23-year-old Bussi will come with an NHL cap hit of $825,000.
At Western Michigan University for the last three seasons, the 6-foot-5 Bussi appeared in 77 career NCAA games with the Broncos, with a 46-25-5 record and .910 save percentage during his time at WMU.
The 2021-22 campaign was certainly Bussi’s best with the Broncos, too, as he posted a 26-12-1 record, along with career-high marks in both goals against average (2.54) and save percentage (.912) over a 39-game sample in net for the university.
With Bussi signed, the Bruins officially have three goaltenders signed to contracts for the 2022-23 campaign, with the New York native right behind Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark. There will probably be some separation between Bussi and the team’s NHL tandem, however, with Kyle Keyser a pending restricted free agent entering the summer and veteran minor-leaguers Callum Booth and Troy Grosenick also up for new deals as pending unrestricted free agents.
Bussi will report to the Providence Bruins for the remainder of this season on an amateur tryout agreement.
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