BOSTON – The Bruins will be retaining a handful of their own restricted free agents, and signed the first of them by agreeing to a one-year, two-way deal with forward Carter Camper on Monday afternoon.
The 25-year-old Camper appeared in 57 games, notching 10 goals (tied for seventh on the team) and 37 assists (second on the team) for 47 points (second on the team) for the Providence Bruins. Camper went on to catch fire in the playoffs with eight goals and 13 points in 12 playoff games to lead the P-Bruins offense in the postseason, and will continue to provide some organizational depth for the Bruins.
Camper played three games for the Bruins in 2011-12 and scored a goal for the Bruins while filling in after injury issues hit that edition of the Boston hockey club. The 5-foot-9, 173-pound forward has skated 129 career AHL games – all with Providence – and has recorded 29 goals and 68 helpers for 97 points with 26 penalty minutes.
Camper and Providence teammate Christian Hanson were also active off the ice while helping organize a team-wide video pledge for the You Can Play Project, headed by Patrick Burke.
The Miami (Ohio) University graduate played four seasons for the RedHawks from 2007 to 2011. During his collegiate career, the Rocky River, Ohio, native produced 69 goals, 114 assists and 183 total points in 159 games during the entirety of his NCAA career.
The Bruins still have restricted free agents in Tuukka Rask, Jordan Caron and Kevan Miller to resign after renouncing their rights to Kaspars Daugavins and Michael Hutchinson.
A two-way contract means Camper is paid different salaries at the NHL and AHL level, and his new deal is worth $550,000 at the NHL level while he’ll be making $75,000 at the AHL level.