The Boston Bruins locked up Trent Frederic this morning, signing him to a two-year, $2.3 million deal. Frederic and the team avoid arbitration by agreeing to terms before the meeting scheduled for today. Frederic and the Bruins exchanged numbers with the arbiter earlier in the week. Frederic requested a one-year deal worth $2.9 million, while the team came in at two years, $1.4 million.
Frederic had a breakout year during the 2022-23 season while skating next to Charlie Coyle on the team’s third line. The former first-round pick set career highs across the board, posting 17 goals, 14 assists, and 31 points through 79 regular season games. Frederic also posted a plus-28, good enough for 22nd in the NHL.
As the franchise enters a transition year without captain Patrice Bergeron, the team may expect Frederic to take on a more prominent role. All 17 of Frederic’s goals came at five-on-five, and ranked 86th this season amongst all skaters, higher than names such as Mitch Marner, Rickard Rakell, Matt Duchene, and Jordan Eberle. Frederic could compete for a top-6 role in training camp and may even see some power play time this season.
The Bruins still have one primary restricted free agent without a contract, Jeremy Swayman. After agreeing to terms with Frederic, Capfriendly states that Boston has approximately $3,129,166 left to sign their young goaltender. Barring any unforeseen developments, fans can expect to learn the results of Swayman’s hearing sometime Wednesday, August 2nd.