Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bruins sign Exelby and resign MacDermid

The Bruins continue to add depth to their AHL Providence Bruins team by signing two tough guys, defenseman/forward Garnet Exelby and resigning forward Lane MacDermid. Both players were signed to 1-year 2-way contracts.

Exelby was once a somewhat reliable defenseman when he played for the Atlanta Thrashers years ago but after the lockout, the game got faster, and Exelby didn't play well. He's tough and a good team guy but doesn't have much speed, didn't show much with Toronto and takes dumb penalties at times. Bruins fans shouldn't worry about seeing him in the Bruins lineup unless there's a ton of injuries. MacDermid is most likely the guy who will take over Shawn Thornton's role on the team once Thornton retires so he may come up for a few games like last year if injuries occur. But both guys will most likely spend most if not all of next season in the AHL.

Exelby's contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 at the AHL level over the course of the deal. MacDermid’s contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level.

Exelby, a 6'1", 215-pound defenseman, spent the 2011-12 season with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, after signing with the Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent on July 5, 2011. In 75 games, he recorded AHL career highs with seven goals, 14 assists and 21 points, and collected 177 penalty minutes with a plus-eight rating.

The 30-year-old is a veteran of 408 career NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers and Toronto Maple Leafs, tallying seven goals and 43 assists for 50 points, along with 584 penalty minutes. For his AHL career, the defenseman has played in 280 games with Chicago, Rockford and Grand Rapids, tallying 16 goals and 34 assists for 50 points, along with 702 penalty minutes and a plus-18 rating.

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MacDermid appeared in five games with Boston during the 2011-12 season, making his NHL debut on March 4 at the New York Rangers, where he earned his first NHL fighting major. The 22-year-old spent the majority of the season in Providence, recording four goals, 12 assists and 121 penalty minutes in 69 AHL games.

In 2010-11, the 6'3", 205-pound forward registered 7-12=19 totals with 158 penalty minutes in a team-high 78 games with Providence. The 158 penalty minutes ranked third on the team. In his first professional season in 2009-10, MacDermid skated in 65 games for Providence, tallying two goals and three assists. He led the team with 155 penalty minutes, including 21 fighting majors, which ranked second among all AHL rookies.
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