The Bruins quickly found their Connor Clifton replacement in free agency
The Boston Bruins’ free-agent frenzy has been marked by affordable veterans on one-year deals. That includes a key signing for their defense.
Kevin Shattenkirk is signing with the Bruins for one year and around $1 million, as reported by NHL insider Chris Johnston. Shattenkirk, 34, played the past three seasons for the Anaheim Ducks and has also played for the Blues, Rangers, and Lightning over his 13 years in the NHL.
Shattenkirk is far removed from his prime on offense – he averaged 42.6 points over his first seven seasons – but he can still be effective and dependable in a smaller role. His points per game (0.36) ranked sixth among all defensemen who played at least 75 games while averaging under 20 minutes of ice time (he averaged 19:18).
The Bruins can also deploy Shattenkirk on the power play. He played over 137 minutes of power play time in the 2022-23 season with the Ducks, netting one power play goal and seven assists. Shattenkirk has also been durable in recent years, with 82 and 75 games played in each of his last two seasons.
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The signing is the latest in an early flurry of veterans to sign with the Bruins on extremely short money. The B’s are also bringing back Milan Lucic, and have signed winger James van Riemsdyk.
Shattenkirk represents a replacement for Connor Clifton on the right side of the defense. Clifton signed with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday for three years and $10 million, a deal the B’s were never going to be able to approach with their cap situation.
The Bruins’ off-season is far from over, as their roster-building for 2023-24 still appears incomplete. We’ll keep you covered on everything that goes down with Boston here at 985TheSportsHub.com. Check out our NHL free agency tracker below.
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