The Bruins announced on Monday that they had signed restricted free agents Jimmy Hayes and Brett Connolly. Hayes, who was recently acquired from Florida, signed for three years at $2.3 million per season. Connolly, acquired at last season’s trade deadline from Tampa Bay, signed a one year deal worth $1,025,000 million.
Hayes played in 72 games for Florida last season and was third on the team in goals with 19. Connolly saw limited action with the Bruins due to a broken hand, playing in five games and registering two assists with Boston. While with Tampa Bay last season, he scored 12 goals and notched three assists.
Connolly is only 23 years old and Hayes is 25, each being a player that the Bruins feel can improve and be a part of their future. Both players figure to be a significant part of the Bruins forward lines, with Connolly a top six forward and Hayes potentially moving between top six and bottom six depending on production.
The team also announced the signing of forward Brandon DeFazio to a one-year, two-way contract that is worth $575,000 if he plays at the NHL level.