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Bruins sign Sean Kuraly to three-year deal

Sara Civian
July 03, 2018 - 12:16 pm

The Bruins and restricted free agent center Sean Kuraly have reached an agreement on a three-year deal with an annual cap hit of $1.275 million, the club announced Tuesday.

“We’ve had really good discussions with Sean (Kuraly), so I would expect that (deal) at some point in time in the near future,” general manager Don Sweeney said Sunday. “Until you get a deal on paper it doesn’t exist...but we’ve had many discussions and our intentions are to find a good spot.”

Kuraly had anchored the fourth line alongside Tim Schaller (who signed with the Canucks), and Noel Acciari. He scored six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 75 games last season. The checking line’s role wasn’t exactly to churn out points, but Kuraly has elevated that aspect of his game in the playoffs, with four goals and 2 assists and a plus-five through 16 career playoff games.

The 6-foot-2, 213-pound 25-year-old is hard to play against, and he knows how to use his large frame. With a three-year contract done, the Bruins might be considering him in a bigger role with more ice time. Sweeney tossed his name into the third-line center conversation on the first day of free agency.

"We have some young players that certainly want that slot, and we have a couple of guys internally that I think can move up and play that slot," he said. "Sean Kuraly is certainly a player that wants to have a bigger role.”