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By Karoline Sears | Follow me on Mastodon: @spelled_with_a_k and Substack

The Boston Bruins continue to invest in the franchise’s future with the signing of goaltender Michael DiPietro, defenseman Alec Regula, and defenseman Reilly Walsh. All three players signed one-year, two-way contracts with a $775,000 cap hit, per the Boston Bruins.

DiPietro was traded to the Boston Bruins on October 27, 2022, in exchange for forward Jack Studnicka; Regula and Walsh are new to the organization. Regula comes from the Chicago Blackhawks affiliate (Rockford, IL) while Walsh is arriving from the New Jersey Devils affiliate in Utica, NY.

DiPietro, a 6-foot, 200-pound goaltender, spent most of last season playing for the ECHL Maine Mariners. In 29 starts, the 24-year-old claimed 19 wins and averaged 2.61 goals allowed in the regular season. He finished the season with a .918 save percentage. DiPietro played one game in Providence, which he won with 33 saves. In 2022, DiPietro’s career was notably placed in limbo by the Vancouver Canucks when he was assigned to the taxi squad as part of the Covid-19 protocols. DiPietro requested a trade in the fall of 2022 and eventually made his way to Boston.

Alec Regula, a Michigan native, was drafted in the 3rd round in 2018 by the Detroit Red Wings. The 6-foot, 22-year-old defenseman spent the last three seasons playing 22 games for the Chicago Blackhawks and 108 games for the AHL Rockford IceHogs. Regula posted reasonable stats in Rockford for a defenseman, with 12 goals, 39 assists, and 51 points.

Reilly Walsh, a Framingham, MA native, is coming home to the Boston area. Walsh played three seasons for Harvard University after being drafted in 2017 by the New Jersey Devils. Since joining the Devils organization full-time in 2020, the 6-foot, 185-pound blueliner has appeared in only one NHL game, where he notched one assist. Walsh played 174 career games with the AHL Utica Comets where he scored 23 goals, 76 assists, and 99 total points.