Just 90 minutes after saying he wanted to leave spots for younger players to compete but might add another veteran forward down the line, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced he signed free-agent forward Jeremy Reich.

Reich previously played for the Bruins 2006-08, but was a salary-cap casualty in 2008-09 and after clearing waivers spent the season with the Providence (AHL) farm club. Last season, he missed time with a broken wrist and then played for the New York Islanders’ Bridgeport (AHL) farm team.

If he makes the team, Reich could take some of the fighting pressure off Shawn Thornton, who had to battle in an unthinkable 21 bouts last season.