The Boston Bruins avoided arbitration when they agreed to a one-year contract with restricted free agent forward Ryan Spooner worth $2.825 million.
"We are pleased with the process and are happy to have Ryan's contract resolved,” said general manager Don Sweeney in an official release. “His agent, Murray Kuntz, and Ryan were both very professional, and our group was well prepared as they had worked very diligently prior to arriving at a settlement point. We know Ryan has the offensive skills to be an impactful player, especially while on the power play. We expect Ryan to continue to take the necessary steps with his development to be an even more complete, two-way player."
The length of the contract shows that the Bruins still are not sold on the long-term potential of Spooner and are making him prove himself during the 2017-18 season. The Toronto Maple Leafs did the same thing when they signed Nazem Kadri to a one-year contract in the summer of 2015 and he responded with 17 goals and 45 points on his way to a long-term deal.
With Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci manning the top two lines, it will be up to Spooner to excel on the third line this season or else he will be looking for a fresh start elsewhere. Spooner has been excellent on the power play as 35 of his 88 points over the past two seasons have come on the man advantage. Next season the Bruins will need to see more out of him a 5 v 5 if he wants to cash in on a long-term deal.
Do you think Ryan Spooner will be in a Boston Bruins uniform beyond the 2017-18 season?