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07-22-2011, 08:49 AM
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A nice read from the projo today:


Bruins pony up

The Bruins haven’t been known as free spenders when it comes to signing minor-league free agents for Providence.

That’s why it was an eye-opener when the Bruins shelled out a healthy chunk of money to wrap up four AHL veterans –– goalie Anton Khudobin, centers Josh Hennessey and Trent Whitfield and winger Jamie Tardif –– this month.

In the not-too-distant past, Boston was usually unwilling to pay a good AHL player much more than $100,000. That, however, was before back-to-back non-playoff seasons in Providence.

Times have changed:

•According to, Khudobin’s two-year deal will pay him $100,000 in salary plus a $150,000 signing bonus in the AHL this season, and $900,000 in the NHL. Next year, Khudobin will make $800,000 whether he plays in the AHL or the NHL.

•Tardif’s two-year, two-way contract will pay him $200,000 to play in Providence and $600,000 in Boston.

•Hennessy received a one-year, two-way deal for $200,000 in the AHL and $600,000 in Boston.

•Whitfield is taking a pay cut this season on the AHL part of his two-year contract, making $105,000 after earning $160,000 last season, and $550,000 in the NHL. But in 2012-13, Whitfield will make $235,000 in the AHL, and $575,000 in the NHL.

In addition, veteran defenseman Nathan MacIver will be paid $160,000 to play in Providence this season in the second and final year of his contract.

For a team that wants to win while developing young players, proven vets who can score at the AHL level and step into the NHL if needed are worth the extra money.

“The teams that spend a little more on those guys who have proven to be good American League scorers tend to have more success because there’s less pressure on your young guys to score,” said Cassidy.

“If you look at last year –– (Max) Sauve, (Jamie) Arniel, (Jordan) Caron, (Joe) Colborne –– first- and second-year guys that you’re expecting to score, it can be difficult. Max Sauve found a way to be pretty consistent, but the other guys had their ups and downs. It does take some pressure off when you’ve got those proven guys.”

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