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By: Mark Allred | Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277
As the National Hockey Leagues free agent frenzy continues after the today’s noon deadline, the Boston Bruins announced today that the club has signed free agent defenseman John Moore to a five-year contract worth a reportedly $2.75 million per season.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 1, 2018
The 27-year-old Illinois native was drafted in the first-round by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009 and has spent time with other organizations in his seven-year pro career. Originally started his career with the mentioned Blue Jackets, the 6′-3″ 210-pound blueliner has certainly made his way around the NHL via trades playing for the New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, New Jersey Devils, and now like mentioned above a reportedly free agent signing with the Boston Bruins. In 447 career NHL games, Moore has produced 32-67-99 numbers with his best career year being the 2016-17 where he posted 22 points in 63 games played.
There’s also speculation that this was a sign and flip move from Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney to use as a trade chip to address certain needs on the top-six offensive core with the news of Rick Nash departing either to retire or test the free agent waters elsewhere in the NHL. Although this signing is not very popular in Bruins nation, the signing does address a need when considering the lack of left shooting defenseman on the team and that’s been heavily rumored as a target dating back to the trade deadline in February of this year.
The Boston Bruins signed defenceman John Moore to a 5 year deal. Keep an eye on possible package deal for a power forward. Wayne Simmonds is a possibility. PHI just signed JVR pic.twitter.com/cLjznU52hQ
— Domenic Fazioli (@DomenicFazioli) July 1, 2018
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John Moore: poor metrics despite relatively generous usage, gives up super high quality chances regularly, and is 26 so definitely not improving. Is probably an OK bottom pairing guy. I don’t love the deal for the #Bruins #FreeAgentFrenzy #FreeAgency #NHL pic.twitter.com/xwLf1hToJN
— Hazel Specter (@BadAtHockeyMeIs) July 1, 2018