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By: Tony DeSousa | Follow Me On Twitter @TDeSousa87

This evening the Boston Bruins announced that they signed left-winger Anton Blidh to a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL cap hit of $750,000. Blidh, a 26-year-old Sweden native, has played in 38 career NHL games in the last 5 seasons as a member of the Bruins organization. During the 2020-21 season, Blidh played in 10 regular-season games, scoring one goal. His highest NHL game appearance total came during the 2016-17 campaign in his second year of North American pro hockey when he saw 19 games posting 1-1-2 numbers. Anton also played for the AHL Providence Bruins in an abbreviated Covid pandemic season, posting 3-4-7 numbers in 11 games. 

Blidh was selected by the Bruins in the sixth round (180th overall) in the 2013 NHL draft and made his NHL debut on December 3rd, 2016, in a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabers. His first career goal came against the New York Rangers in a Bruins home game on December 20th, 2016. He has 2 goals and 3 total points in 38 games at the NHL level. 

Known more as a depth player for the organization, Anton has played much of his five-year North American pro hockey career with the Providence Bruins after spending the first two years as a pro playing in his home country of Sweden. This signing gives the Bruins more depth moving forward with a player who’s already been through the rigors of learning the Bruins system. This is also a signing who’ll challenge some younger players for NHL jobs this fall as the Boston club goes through its training camp and preseason process. Although Blidh signed this one-year, two-way extension today, if he cannot stick at the NHL level, he’ll need to go through the waiver process if his services are needed at the AHL level and be sent to the Providence Bruins team.