The Boston Bruins announced three signings Monday afternoon.
Right winger Jimmy Hayes has signed a three-year contract worth $6.9 million with a $2.3 million salary cap hit, right winger Brett Connolly signed a one-year deal worth $1.025 million and forward Brandon DeFazio signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level.
Hayes was acquired by the Bruins from the Panthers last week in a trade that sent forwards Reilly Smith and Marc Savard to Florida. He’s a Dorchester, Mass., native who scored a career-high 19 goals last season. Hayes was expected to earn at least $3 million annually in his next contract, but the B’s were able to sign him to a very team-friendly cap hit.
Connolly was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning at last season’s trade deadline in exchange for two second-round draft picks. He suffered an injury in his first practice with the team and was limited to the final five games of the regular season. His new one-year deal will act as a prove-it-to-me contract as he attempts to become a fixture of Boston’s top-nine forward group next season.
DeFazio is a 21-year-old right winger who led the AHL’s Utica Comets with 21 goals last season. He also played two games for the Vancouver Canucks and made his NHL debut Nov. 9.
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