The Bruins have locked down another one of their restricted free agent defensemen. Zach Trotman has signed a two-year deal with the Bruins worth a maximum of $1.25 million that only includes a one-way provision for the second year that will likely see him in the NHL in 2015-16.
The signing was first reported by the indespensible website, capgeek.com
The 6-foot-4, 205 pound defenseman with the big shot made his NHL debut this past season when injuries struck the Bruins’ blueline. He posted eight goals and 24 points for the Providence Bruins after impressing Boston officials at training camp last year.
Trotman made his memorable debut for the Black and Gold last season when he was forced into a last-minute drive to Ottawa from the United States after it was learned both Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg wouldn’t skate against the Senators.
It was an impressive rise through the organization for a little-known, seventh-round pick in 2010 that’s developed his offensive skills, but still has some AHL detail work to complete in the defensive zone. Trotman is likely earmarked for one more year of minor-league duty, given his two-way deal for this upcoming season, and the surplus of defensemen already sitting on Boston’s roster.
Johnny Boychuk, Matt Bartkowski and Adam McQuaid are all slated for unrestricted free agency following next season, and Trotman gives the Bruins an affordable, talented succession plan. With Trotman, Bartkowski and Jordan Caron all signed this week, B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli will now spend the next few weeks taking care of the rest of his RFAs.
He still has Torey Krug, Reilly Smith, David Warsofsky and Justin Florek as restricted free agents in search of new contracts with little more than $3.8 million in salary cap space to sign them all.