The Boston Bruins’ defense corps for the 2009-10 season is pretty much put together now.
Hours after Steve Montador defected to Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent, the Bruins re-signed Johnny Boychuk to a one-year deal. Terms were not disclosed beyond that, but general manager Peter Chiarelli had acknowledged earlier that it would take a one-way deal to be able to retain the Eddie Shore Award winner as the most outstanding defenseman in the American Hockey League.
Boychuk set Providence Bruins records for goals (20) and assists (45) by a blueliner last season in his first year in the Boston organization. He figures to compete for the seventh defenseman position, barring any major shakeups on the Boston back end.