The Bruins’ front office isn’t on vacation just yet, as the team made another three signings Monday.
For the Bruins, two of those signings came with internal housekeeping, as the B’s signed defenseman Jack Ahcan and forward Matt Filipe to one-year, two-way contracts.
The 5-foot-8 Ahcan is coming off a 2021-22 season spent almost entirely in Providence, with an AHL-career high six goals and 23 points in 46 games played. Ahcan also made a six-game cameo for the Big B’s in 2021-22, and tallied his first career goal in the club’s Mar. 10 win over the Blackhawks. (A little bit of a bonus nugget for Ahcan on that goal? The Minnesota-born defender grew up a huge fan of Patrick Kane, who was on the opposite bench for Ahcan’s first NHL goal.)
Ahcan, who could be in the mix for NHL minutes out of the gate this season due to the Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie McAvoy injuries, will have an NHL cap hit of $750,000 in 2022-23.
Filipe, meanwhile, will stick around after scoring seven goals and 17 points in 59 games this past season. Filipe, who signed with the Bruins in 2020 after a collegiate career at Northeastern, has nine goals and 22 points in 76 career AHL games.
The 23-year-old Filipe’s contract will come with a $787,500 NHL cap hit.
The signing of both Ahcan and Filipe makes forwards Jack Studnicka and new addition Pavel Zacha the only remaining restricted free agents.
In addition to the depth signings, the Black and Gold also signed defenseman Ryan Mast to a three-year, entry-level contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $850,000.
A sixth-round pick of the Bruins in 2021, the 6-foot-5 Mast’s signing comes days after the Bruins concluded their 2022 development camp, and after a 2021-22 campaign with nine goals and 31 points in 59 game for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. Barring something otherworldly in training camp, Mast will remain with the Sting for 2022-23.
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