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PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 20: Anton Blidh #81 of the Boston Bruins controls the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 20, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

It took until the third week of free agency, but ex-Bruins winger Anton Blidh has found his new home in the National Hockey League, and it will be with the defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche.

Blidh’s deal with the Avs will be a one-year deal worth $750,000, and it is a one-way contract, according to Mark Divver.

The 27-year-old Blidh’s jump to Colorado comes after a 2021-22 campaign that saw the Swedish wing put up career-best numbers in games (32), goals (two), points (nine), shots (28), blocks (17), and hits (82). But it still wasn’t enough for Blidh to earn a full-time role with the team, which clearly irked Blidh when discussing his season on break-up day.

“Obviously, I didn’t play as much as I wanted,” Blidh admitted back then. “Some days were tougher than others. But at the end of the day, I think I did a pretty good job coming here, bringing energy, and smiling every day. Some days, I would rather [have been] in the AHL, to be honest. I did not sign here to sit in the press box. I signed here to play hockey.”

The end-of-year rhythm (or lack thereof) is what clearly bothered Blidh the most, as he was a healthy scratch in all but four of the final 34 games of the regular season, and had little communication with the coaching staff.

“I felt like I played pretty good in the games they gave me, [but] obviously, it’s hard when you get one game a month,” Blidh said. “It’s easier if you’re in consistently and you can kind of get the feeling of, ‘OK, I feel good now playing’ instead of, ‘I have to show up and prove that I belong here and survive every day.’”

Blidh, a sixth-round pick in 2013, departs the organization after seven seasons between Boston and Providence, and with four goals and 12 points in 70 games for the Big B’s. Blidh’s 278 games for the P-Bruins, meanwhile, are tied with Jay Henderson and Chris Breen for the second-most in franchise history.

Blidh’s departure also makes it a wrap for the Black and Gold’s 2013 draft class, with not a single member of that draft class still with the organization in any capacity. And of that six-pick class, only Blidh and the now long-gone Peter Cehlarik made it to the NHL, and the duo combined for 110 total games of NHL play.

That draft is absolutely up there as one of the worst in franchise history, though it has some stiff competition in the 21st century alone with the infamous 2007 Zach Hamill draft, as well stinkers in 2009 and 2002.

 

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