The Boston Bruins have signed forward Pavel Zacha to a one year $3.5 million contract. The Bruins acquired Zacha in a trade with the New Jersey Devils, where they sent forward Erik Haula in exchange. This helps avoid an arbitration hearing as Pavel Zacha signs to become an unrestricted free agent next season.
Pavel Zacha Signs with Bruins
The Bruins have one upped forward Pavel Zacha, continuing the mini re-tool the bruins seem to be doing this summer.
Zacha spent all of his 7 year NHL career with the Devils, racking up 179 points in 386 games. He put up 36 of those points in 70 games last season, a career high for Zacha. It’s also the second time he’s played 70 games, the last time being in the 2016-2017 season, where he put up 24 points.
Expecting the #NHLBruins to sign 25 y/o RFA F Pavel Zacha to 1 year $3.5M deal. He’ll be a UFA on expiry.
He had very similar scoring to Puljujarvi (1 * $3.0M) in 21-22 & settles his arbitration for $500K more.
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) August 8, 2022
He will be a UFA at the end of his contract, settling arbitration on a 1 year, 3,500,000 deal. 500,000 more than Jesse Puljujarvi, a player who he had a similar season to.
What This Means
the bruins appear to be going through a mini retool this off season, which is somewhat needed. the bruins haven’t gone that far in the playoffs as of recently, and bringing in some much needed forward depth in Zacha and Krejci. He spent last season in Europe, and was rumoured to be signing with Boston for a while, and now it appears to have happened
Will the Bruins be better than they were last year? depends. this signing isn’t necessarily groundbreaking, rather adding some bottom six depth. He put up less points with Haula, who notched 44 compared to Zacha’s 36. although, Haula had 21 points the season before he got to Boston, so there could be room for Zacha to make a serious step up? absolutely. Zacha’s only 25, and has progressed a lot over the past 2 years.
so far, this deal has a lot of potential, and is on a ‘prove it’ deal, that gives him room to grow. He also has the opportunity to either sign an extension, or move on from Boston and sign somewhere else.
🚨SIGNING UPDATE🚨: #NHLBruins sign restricted free agent F Pavel Zacha to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, avoiding salary arbitration…
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) August 8, 2022