BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Friday, September 5, that the club has signed forward Matt Fraser to a one-year, two-way contract and defenseman Steve Eminger to an AHL contract. Fraser's contract is worth an annual cap figure of $625,000 at the NHL level.
Fraser appeared in 14 games for Boston last season, tallying two goals, both of which came on the road (1/9 at LAK, 12/23 at NSH). In his first regular season with Providence, Fraser finished the 2013-14 campaign with 20 goals (tied for third on the team) and 10 assists for 30 points in 44 appearances.
Fraser made his NHL postseason debut and scored his first NHL playoff goal on May 8 against the Canadiens, notching the game-winning overtime tally at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The winger then posted his first NHL postseason assist on May 10, also against the Canadiens.
The forward spent two seasons (2011-2013) with the Texas Stars (American Hockey League) in the Dallas organization, recording 70 goals and 31 assists for 101 points. The forward appeared in a total of 13 NHL games with the Dallas Stars, earning a goal and two assists before joining the Bruins organization.
The B's acquired the 24-year-old Fraser on July 4, 2013 along with Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow and Reilly Smith in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button. The 6'1'', 205-pound winger hails from Red Deer, Alberta and was first signed by Dallas as a free agent on November 17, 2010.
Eminger joins the Bruins organization after spending half of last season with CSKA Moscow (KHL, 0-2=2 totals in 25 games) and the Norfolk Admirals (AHL, 3-4=7 totals in 33 games). Eminger is a veteran of 488 NHL games playing with the Washington Capitals from 2002-08 (212 games), the Tampa Bay Lightning (50 games), Philadelphia Flyers (12 games) and Florida Panthers (nine games) in 2008-09, the Anaheim Ducks in 2009-10 (63 games) and the New York Rangers from 2010-2013 (142 games).
In total the 30-year-old blueliner from Woodbridge, ON has registered 19 goals and 80 assists for 99 points with 359 penalty minutes at the National Hockey League level. Eminger was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round (12th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
TRANSACTION: The Boston Bruins sign forward Matt Fraser to a one-year, two-way contract and defenseman Steve Eminger to an AHL contract.