On the day the date his arbitration was set for August 3, Danton Heinen avoided arbitration altogether.
The 24-year-old restricted free agent forward, who had 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 77 regular season games last season, and eight points (two goals, six assists) in 24 games during the Bruins’ run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, signed a two-year extension with an average annual value of $2.8 million on Tuesday night.
Let’s face it, if he makes more plays like the one he made on Charlie Coyle’s overtime goal in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against Columbus in the years ahead, Heinen will be well worth it.
The Bruins have about $7-8 million in cap space remaining, according to CapFriendly.com, with RFAs Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo left to sign.
The two-year term is a far cry from the one-year, $1 million bet San Jose forward Kevin Labanc has placed on himself following a 56-point third season in the NHL. But Heinen traded some term for a little higher AAV with the Bruins' pecking order and salary structure, and he'll again be a RFA with arbitration rights again in the summer of 2021.
He’s a proverbial bargain when you compare him to what Toronto did with its two young RFA wings, Andreas Johnsson (four years, $3.4 million AAV) and Kasperi Kapanen (three years, $3.2 million). Heinen has 81 points in 154 NHL games the past two years; Johnsson has 46 points in 82 games, and Kapanen has 53 points in 116 games over that same span.
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