The Bruins were largely silent on the July 1 opening of free agency as they watched other NHL teams spend ludicrous amounts of money, but they weren’t completely inactive on the first real day of the offseason. The Bruins signed 6-foot-7 defenseman Christopher Breen to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2014-15 season that will pay him $600,000 at the NHL level, or $175,000 at the AHL level.
Given that the Bruins have nine NHL-caliber defensemen ahead of Breen on the B’s organizational depth chart, the newly inked former Calgary Flames blueliner is undoubtedly headed to the Providence Bruins. The 25-year-old Breen made his NHL debut with the Flames last season, and appeared in nine games for Calgary while totaling two assists and a plus-1 along with five penalty minutes. Clearly Breen has ideal size for a defenseman, but the scouting report predictably includes questions about his skating speed and consistent ability to play to his size and strength.
Breen played the majority of his previous five seasons for the Calgary’s AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, where he appeared in 245 games. During his time with the Heat the 6’7’’, 224-pounder posted nine goals and 21 assists with 172 penalty minutes.
Prior to joining Abbotsford, Breen skated in 249 games in the Ontario Hockey League between his time with the Saginaw Spirit (125 games, 2005-2009), Erie Otters (71 games, 2008-10) and Peterborough Petes (53 games, 2009-10). In total, the Uxbridge, ONT native tallied 5-31=36 totals at the OHL level.