The Boston Bruins have reached an agreement with right winger Anders Bjork on a three-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season, the team announced Wednesday.
The contract is worth a total of $4.8 million with a salary cap hit of $1.6 million, which is a pretty reasonable price for the B's. Bjork was set to become a restricted free agent in the offseason. The Bruins still have several important players with expiring contracts to consider re-signing, most notably left winger Jake DeBrusk (RFA) and defenseman Torey Krug (UFA).
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Bjork played in 58 games during the regular season and tallied 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists). He was a fifth-round pick (146th overall) of Boston in the 2014 NHL Draft.
If he can stay healthy -- which has been a challenge at times in his pro career -- Bjork has the potential to be a dependable second- or third-line player capable of providing much-needed secondary scoring.
Bjork traveled with the Bruins to the Toronto bubble for the season restart, and he's among the top candidates to be the second-line right winger while veteran Ondrej Kase works his way back after missing all of the recent training camp.