The Bruins took care of a few loose ends this week with their restricted free agents. It was already reported that the Bruins had signed Jordan Caron and Zach Trotman to contracts. The B's also formally announced on Friday that they’d signed defenseman Tommy Cross, forward Craig Cunningham and forward Tyler Randell to contracts, and agreed to terms with prospective fourth-line forward Justin Florek.
Caron was signed to a one-year, one-way deal for $600,00, and Trotman was signed to a two-year deal worth up to $1.25 million with a one-way deal for the 2015-16 season, when he appears to factor in Boston’s NHL plans.
Caron said after signing for the NHL minimum that he understands if his contract portends a trade to another NHL organization and perhaps a chance to play on a more regular basis.
“I talked to Peter after the season. He told me [about trade possibilities] right away. He knows what I'm thinking, and I think I know what he's thinking a little bit. But that's totally out of my control, and that's going to be the staff's decision moving forward,” said Caron. “Whatever happens with that, with trades and stuff, I want to play more and I want to have a bigger role.
“If they decide to keep me in Boston, [well then] great. But if they decide to move me somewhere else, well I'm going to have to deal with it, and it's going to be their decision. Whatever they think is best for the team and for myself, I'm going to ride along with that. I’m going into camp trying to win a spot.”
Trotman, 23, is likely looking at real chance at the NHL two seasons from now with Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid and Matt Bartkowski all unrestricted free agents following this season, and excited at the prospect.
“That's a dream come true for any player, and just taking that next step, to being able to have that opportunity to try and prove myself at the next level,” said Trotman. “I'm extremely appreciative that the organization has put that trust in me as a player, to develop and to keep continuing to grow, and they have the faith in me to be able to play at that level.
“I'm really excited to have another two years with the Bruins. I'm really looking forward to continuing to work hard, and move my way up the ladder.”
Otherwise it was all one-year, two-way deals for players that are likely to end up in the AHL with the Providence Bruins. The signings leaves restricted free agents Torey Krug, Reilly Smith and David Warsofsky as the only B’s restricted free agents that have yet to come to terms with roughly $3.8 million worth of cap space.