Boston Bruins

May 3, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing A.J. Greer fights with Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton (75) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

With an unfavorable cap situation on their books, Boston’s first move of NHL free agency was a minor one, as the team signed forward A.J. Greer to a two-year contract, according to TVA’s Ren Lavoie.

A 6-foot-3 left-shot left wing, Greer spent the majority of his 2021-22 season with AHL Utica, with 22 goals and 52 points, along with 102 minutes in penalties, in 53 games for the Comets. The 25-year-old did get into nine games of NHL action for the Devils, too, and recorded a goal, an assist, and 20 hits while averaging 7:51 per night.

Drafted with the No. 39 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the former BU Terrier has appeared in 47 NHL games over five seasons between the Avalanche and Devils, and has scored two goals and eight points over that span.

The Quebec-born wing has also put together an extensive AHL resume, tallying 85 goals and 195 points in 278 career AHL contests between five different teams since 2016.

With this deal checking in a hair over the NHL league minimum, it’s likely that Greer is coming to Boston to replace Anton Blidh, either as Boston’s extra skater or as the first man up from Providence when the Bruins need a fill-in option.

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