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Report: Bruins sign D John Moore to 5-year deal

Scott McLaughlin
July 01, 2018 - 1:55 pm

While the Bruins' two toughest rivals in the division have made big moves like signing John Tavares and locking up Ryan McDonagh, the B's have so far had to settle for adding depth. After reportedly signing backup goalie Jaroslav Halak and fourth-line forwards Joakim Nordstrom and Chris Wagner, they've now agreed to a five-year deal with defenseman John Moore worth $2.75 million per year, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli.

Moore is a 27-year-old, 6-foot-2 left-shot defenseman who spent the last three seasons with the New Jersey Devils. He played a career-high 20:01 per game last season and put up seven goals and 11 assists in 81 games. Moore was a regular penalty-killer for the Devils and pretty much a neutral player in terms of possession numbers while facing above-average competition.

Moore was a top-four defenseman for the Devils and could be a second- or third-pairing player for the Bruins. The signing also gives the Bruins some nice insurance on the left side if they do end up striking a deal to move Torey Krug for forward help, something they might feel even more pressure to do given how stacked Lightning and Maple Leafs look.