Bruins sign Anders Bjork to 3-year extension


The Bruins have locked up one of their restricted free agents.

General manager Don Sweeney announced Wednesday afternoon that the team has agreed to a three-year extension with winger Anders Bjork. The deal carries an annual cap hit of $1.6 million.

Bjork, who turns 24 next week, had nine goals and 10 assists in 58 games this season. He was a regular for much of the season before being a healthy scratch several times before the pause after Boston acquired Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie at the trade deadline.

Bjork, a left shot who can play either wing, may very well be back in the lineup to start the postseason, though, as he has practiced with each of the top three lines over the last two weeks while other wingers -- most notably Kase, Ritchie and David Pastrnak -- have missed extended time. This week, Bjork has settled into the third-line right wing spot on a line with Charlie Coyle and Sean Kuraly.

This was Bjork's first full healthy season as a pro, as he had battled injuries during his first two. He has proven to be a dependable two-way forward who is strong both in his own zone and in transition.

His speed, puck-handling and offensive skillset hint at there still being more scoring potential to tap into, which is something he has shown in flashes but not consistently. This deal looks like pretty good value for the Bruins regardless, but if the offensive part of his game does come around, it could be a steal.

#NHLBruins have agreed to terms with Anders Bjork on a three-year contract extensionDetails:

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