Bruins sign D Matt Grzelcyk to 4-year, $14.75 million extension

Bruins sign D Matt Grzelcyk to 4-year, $14.75 million extension
Boston Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk, left, celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with David Krejci during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final series, Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to a four-year extension worth $14.75 million and with an average annual value of $3,687,500, the team announced on Saturday afternoon.

Grzelcyk, 26, is about to enter his fourth season as a Bruin after playing 68 games in 2019-2020, a career-high. The Charlestown, Mass. native had four goals and 17 assists for a total of 21 points this past season, all of which were the high-water marks for Grzelcyk.

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The young left-shot defenseman is likely to see a bump in minutes with the departure of Torey Krug, the Bruins former second-pair blueliner and powerplay quarterback. A similar player in style and stature, Grzelcyk will likely take over many of Krug’s former duties along with fellow Boston University product Charlie McAvoy.

Krug recently signed a seven-year $45,500,000 contract with the St. Louis Blues after spending the first nine years of his career with Boston.

Grzelcyk has spent his time with the Bruins on the team’s third defensive pair, working alongside a slew of blueliners like Connor Clifton and Jeremy Lauzon, among others.

The 5-foot-9 defenseman has played alongside McAvoy before -- both with the Bruins and back in their BU days. With Krug gone and Zdeno Chara still unsigned at the moment, Grzelcyk could join one of Boston’s top two defensive pairs in the upcoming season, where he’d work alongside either McAvoy or Brandon Carlo.

He is also likely to see a larger role in Boston’s powerplay with McAvoy potentially taking over Krug’s spot on the top unit.

Drafted in the third round (85th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by his hometown team, Grzelcyk is now signed to play with the black and gold through the end of the 2023-2024 season.

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