Bruins make another in-house signing
The Bruins continued to address their internal free agents Thursday, with confirmation that the team has signed forward Joona Koppanen to a one-year, two-way contract extension.
A 6-foot-5, 208-pounder, Koppanen is coming off a 2021-22 campaign that included 11 goals and 30 points, along with a plus-21 rating, in 62 games for the P-Bruins.
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Originally a fifth-round choice of the club back in 2016, the Finnish-born Koppnan has played on North American ice since 2018, with 27 goals and 58 points over 181 games with Providence. Koppanen also has one assist and eight shots on goal in two career Calder Cup Playoff contests.
Gifted with size but not exactly known as a bruiser, the 24-year-old forward projects as a potential fourth-line option for the Bruins should he make a run with the Black and Gold out of training camp.
The contract would pay Koppanen $750,000 at the NHL level.
It’s also worth noting that the extension was announced by Don Sweeney, meaning that the pending free agent executive is still making moves for the Bruins, and that the Bruins’ plans to re-sign him likely haven’t changed.