Bruins Re-Sign Sergei Samsonov!!!
The Boston Bruins have re-signed LW Sergei Samsonov to a 1 year contract on thursday!!! The flashy winger became a restricted free agent earlier this summer. Sergei made 2.2 million last season with the Bruins while only appearing in 8 games beacaue of a wrist injury. Terms of the new deal were undisclosed.
“Sergei is one of the most exciting and dynamic players in the NHL and we expect him to be a big contributor to the team this season with the injury behind him,” Bruins general manager Mike O’Connell said.Sergei is a huge piece of the Bruins franchise and their future. He was the teams 2nd pick (8th overall) in 1997 when they also drafted Joe Thornton (1st). There are still a few questions regarding his wrist but if healthy expect big things from No. 14 this season!
I was totally expecting a hold-out on this one, with the Bruins tough contract bargaining (cheap). Sergei was said to be seeking a long-term contract, Bruins like most clubs this season were thinking short term but they got it done!!
Sources: bostonbruins.com, tsn.ca
The Bruins now may have the best line in hockey for 2003-2004, I hear you all now: Selanne, Kariya… Naslund, Bertuzzi, Morrison… whatever, but here it is:
Samsonov – Thornton – Murray
The Bruins next step is to find a way to bring young Defenseman Nick Boynton off the free-agent list and into camp!! Bryan Berard would be nice as well but I gave up hope on that one. Ah well Bruins have a bunch of youngsters just waitin for the chance: Jeff Jillson, Shaone Morrison, Milan Jurcina, etc.