It took the Boston Bruins a few days to enter the free agent market, but they finally have added a newcomer aboard for the 2012-13 season.
Albeit a minor signing, the Bruins announced Monday that they have signed former Toronto Maple Leaf Christian Hanson — son of Dave Hanson from SlapShot — to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 in the AHL.
Hanson has spent the majority of his professional career in the AHL, including last year with the Hershey Bears where he recorded 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 52 games. His only NHL experience came with the Leafs where he tallied nine points (three goals, six assists) in 49 games from 2008-09 to the 2010-11 season.
Hanson’s best case scenario to make the Bruins will be as a bottom six forward where he could potentially compete with Jordan Caron and potentially Chris Bourque — a teammate of Hanson’s in Hershey last season — on the third line alongside Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly. Most likely, however, Hanson will continue his AHL career in Providence to start the season.