The Bruins' offseason blueprint is slowly revealing itself, with their latest move involving a familiar face.
The team announced it has signed Matt Grzelcyk to a four-year deal that will involve an annual cap hit of $3,687,500.
"Well, we’re excited to have Matt signed for the next four years," said Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. "We knew we were going to have him under contract, albeit through arbitration for one year or we had to explore it through several months, trying to get him under contract, and it just took a while."
Grzelcyk should take on an even bigger role this season. As of now, he is the only one of the three Bruins' three regular left-side defensemen under contract. Torey Krug signed with the St. Louis Blues, and Zdeno Chara is still a free agent.
Sweeney said he does still see room to grow for the 26-year-old defenseman.
"As far as Matt’s ceiling, I think It’s a little bit to be determined, because of the opportunity and how well he plays," Sweeney said. "Obviously, there is a vacancy – in seeing, allowing his offensive game to continue to grow, potentially, and with a little more power play opportunity and again, it's player driven. I had a lot of conversations with our coaching staff about where they see the player fitting in and how he affects our transition game, his ability to move the puck and our D-zone exits. And the rest is up to Matt to take advantage of a pretty good opportunity for him moving forward."
Grzelcyk played in 68 games for the 2019-20 Bruins, notching four goals and 17 assists while playing 18:04 per night. A Charlestown native, Grzelcyk has spent his entire career with the B's, having been drafted in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft before playing four years at Boston University.