The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Matt Irwin to a one-year, $800,000 contract for the 2015-16 season.
Announced today by Bruins GM Don Sweeney, Irwin, at 27 years-old skated in 53 games for the San Jose Sharks in 2014-15, tallying 8 goals and 11 assists for 19 points, with a plus-three rating. Throughout his three seasons in San Jose, Irwin has played in 153 NHL contests racking up 50 points (16 goals, 33 assists) with 63 penalty minutes. The new Bruin has seen 11 games of playoff action, notching a goal and an assist.
At $800,000, Irwin isn’t a bad pick up for the price, as the Bruins now have 7 D-men locked up. He is capable of making some noise, however he is still more of a bottom two pairing, and unfortunately, the B’s have quite a few of those. Strength in numbers though, right. Luckily, at just $800,000, there is still space to sign a solid defenseman throughout free agency. It seems as if Don Sweeney is just strengthening his teams blueline. After all, it should be the hockey clubs primary concern.
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