The Boston Bruins have signed former College of Maine defenseman Dan Renouf to a two-year, two-way contract, in response to NBC Sports activities Boston.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Renouf performed in 4 video games for the Nationwide Hockey League’s Detroit Crimson Wings this previous season however spent a lot of the season with the Wings’ AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He posted three objectives and 11 assists in 63 video games for the Griffins.
The Bruins blue line corps has been worn out by accidents with Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk present process low season shoulder surgical procedures that may sideline them till at the least November. Mike Reilly had ankle surgical procedure, which may hold him out till October.
One other former Black Bear, Jim Montgomery, was not too long ago named the Bruins head coach changing the fired Bruce Cassidy.
Former UMaine assistant and Maine Mariners head coach Ben Guite stated Renouf may be capable to carve a spot for himself on the Bruins’ roster proper out of coaching camp.
“He’s a easy skater who has measurement and is hard,” stated Guite, who coached him at UMaine. “He’s even-keeled and he performs a easy sport.”
A two-way contract means Renouf will obtain a selected wage if he performs for Boston and a decrease one if he winds up enjoying for his or her American Hockey League affiliate in Windfall.
The Pickering, Ontario, native performed three seasons for the Black Bears from 2013-16 and had 10 objectives and 28 assists in 111 video games.
He performed on AHL Calder Cup-winning groups in Grand Rapids in 2016-17 and Charlotte in 2018-19.
Since signing his first professional contract in 2016 — a free agent take care of Detroit — he has registered 13 objectives and 73 assists in 342 AHL video games and three assists in 23 NHL contests.
Guite famous that the Bruins do have some measurement on protection in Brandon Carlo (6-5, 212 kilos) and Hampus Lindholm (6-3, 208) together with Derek Forbort (6-4, 219), however in addition they have some smaller defenseman like Grzelcyk (5-9, 174) and Connor Clifton (5-11, 175) who can wrestle to win puck battles in opposition to greater opponents.
“Dan’s a bodily participant,” Guite stated.
“I may see him beginning the season because the Bruins’ No. 6 or No. 7 defenseman however I may additionally see him being despatched all the way down to Windfall and mentoring the youthful defensemen till he will get known as up.”
One of many defensemen he will probably be competing with is one other former Black Bear in 24-year-old J.D. Greenway, who performed in 16 video games with the Windfall Bruins (2 assists) and 26 for Guite with the ECHL’s Mariners (5 assists) final season.