BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Bruins have locked up another young blue liner, signing defenseman Brandon Carlo to a two-year contract.
Carlo, who was a restricted free agent this summer, will carry an annual cap hit of $2.85 million, the team announced early Tuesday morning.READ MORE: 'It's Peace Of Mind': Teachers Receive COVID Vaccine Booster Shots In Boston
“I feel very blessed to be part of this city in the sports aspect, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Carlo said Tuesday. “We have a lot of unfinished business that we have to get buttoned up, and hopefully we can do that in my time here. I love this city and love to be a part of it.”READ MORE: Kim Janey Endorses Michelle Wu In Boston Mayoral Race
The 22-year-old has been a key member of Boston’s defense since his rookie season in 2016-17, ranking fourth on the team in plus/minus at plus-41 and time on ice per game at 20:20 in that span. The Colorado native was drafted by Boston with the 37th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Carlo skated in 72 games for Boston last season, scoring a pair of goals while dishing out 10 assists. He finished tied for second on the team with a plus-22 rating. He appeared in all 24 playoff games, netting two more goals and handing out a pair of assists. Carlo was a plus-10 during Boston’s run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.MORE NEWS: Gov. Baker Calls For Action Towards Ending Nurses' Strike At St. Vincent Hospital
Carlo is the second restricted free agent defenseman that Don Sweeney has signed in the last few days. The Bruins signed blue liner Charlie McAvoy to a three-year deal on Sunday.