Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Widemen Signed, Minor Deals I Missed

The Bruins signed Bobby Allen and Bryan Bitz. Allen will likely be on the botto of the B's depth chart, and may end up shuttling between Providence and Boston again. Bitz just finished his college career, expect him to be in Providence awhile.

The B's also sign Matt Hendricks and Jeremy Riech. Riech seems to have become a favorite among some fans because of his tough play. He'll probably be a familiar face on Boston's fourth or checking lines.

Matt Hendricks played in Hersey last season and is more than likely going to spend some time in Providence this year. He scored 18 goals and 44 points in 65 games last season, his 3rd in the AHL, his second in which he played more than a handful of games. He's not particularly young at 26, but he did play 4 years of college hockey. He's not a prospect, but maybe he could fill in on the 4th line in Boston. More than likely this is a signing for Providence.

Also, Brenden Shanahan has signed with the Rangers as expected.

Oh well, at least Providence has added some scoring...

UPDATE: The Bruins have also signed Dennis Widemen.

Widemen will return to the Bruins for a second season season after being aquirred in the much bemoaned Brad Boyes Trade. The young puck moving defensmen will likely take regular shifts as one of the Bruins top 4 d-men, as well as finding a home on the powerplay unit. Looking at the stats I see a marked inprovement with his defense. Last season he managed to be just a -10 in the 75 games he split between Boston and ST.Louis, compared to a -31 in 67 games for the Blues in 05-06.

1 comment:

The Duckman Says said...

Jeremy does not use his body enough.
Although I think Wideman is a complete bum, the Bruins had to resign him.