By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com 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.