Bruins sign D Andrew Bodnarchuk


Bruins sign D Andrew Bodnarchuk

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
WILMINGTON The Bruins announced a signing of an unrestricted free agent Friday morning, but it wasnt the guy that most Bs fans are probably waiting on.

Andrew Bodnarchuk, a 23-year-old defenseman, inked a one-year contract extension with the Bruins for 635,250 and will be spending his fourth season with the Black and Gold after playing largely with the Providence Bruins over the last three seasons.

Bodnarchuk got a cup of coffee with the big club two years ago when a rash of injuries hit the Bs blueline corps, and set career highs in assists (15) and points (16) with Providence at the AHL level last year. The defenseman will act as a nice depth player for the Bruins familiar with their systems and cast of players at the NHL level, and could again be called upon in Boston if injuries hit the big club.

It will be stiff competition for Bodnarchuk to make the Bs out of camp, however, with the top six spots seemingly locked up after the Joe Corvo trade and both Steve Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski standing at the head of the line as a potential seventh defenseman on the roster.

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Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings


Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings

The Bruins announced their lineup for the second preseason game on Wednesday night at home against the Detroit Red Wings, and it was slightly more veteran-laden than the youthful Boston group tapped for Monday night’s opening loss to the Blue Jackets.

Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner, Adam McQuaid and Dominic Moore lead the grizzled group of Bruins players readying for the exhibition tilt against their Atlantic Division rivals, and 19-year-old Zachary Senyshyn will make his preseason debut after getting fully medically cleared from appendectomy surgery a couple of weeks ago.

The 2015 first round pick has had a bit of a rough summer after bouts with mononucleosis and appendicitis forced him to miss Bruins rookie camp, but Senyshyn has quickly regained his strength and the blazing speed that's his biggest asset as a player. 

Austin Czarnik, Peter Mueller and Sean Kuraly are the only players from the opening night roster that will be in again to show their stuff against the Winged Wheels, and undoubtedly to get another long look from the Bruins coaching staff. Here is the full Black and Gold lineup for Wednesday night’s home date against the Red Wings with the untelevised exhibition game to be streamed on


FORWARDS: Noel Acciari, Matt Beleskey, Anton Blidh, Austin Czarnik, Brian Ferlin, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman, Sean Kuraly, Dominic Moore, Peter Mueller, Zach Senyshyn, Ryan Spooner.

DEFENSEMEN: Linus Arnesson, Chris Casto, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller.

GOALIES: Malcolm Subban, Daniel Vladar.