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Bruins sign Beleskey to a 5-year contract through the 2019-20 season; Acquire Hayes from Florida in exchange for R. Smith & Savard; Sign Spooner to a two-year contract and goaltender J. Smith to a one-year contract

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 1, that the Bruins have signed forward Matt Beleskey to a five-year contract through the 2019-20 season worth an annual cap figure of $3,800,000. Sweeney also announced that the Bruins have acquired forward Jimmy Hayes from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forwards Reilly Smith and Marc Savard. The team also signed forward Ryan Spooner to a two-year contract through the 2016-17 season worth an annual cap figure of $950,000 and goaltender Jeremy Smith to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2015-16 season worth an annual cap figure of $600,000 at the NHL level.

Sweeney will hold a conference call at 9:00 p.m. ET on July 1 to discuss the transactions. Details can be found below. The Bruins Communications Staff will post audio and a transcript of the call on the team's media website shortly after it concludes (www.bostonbruins.com/media email: media@bostonbruins.com password: media)

Beleskey skated in 65 games for the Anaheim Ducks in 2014-15 and scored a career-high 22 goals, while adding 10 assists for 32 points. The forward's 22 goals ranked third on the Ducks. In 16 postseason games in 2015, the 27-year-old Beleskey ranked second in goal-scoring for Anaheim, potting a career best eight goals and adding one assist.

In total, the winger has skated in 329 NHL games from 2008 to 2015 -- all with Anaheim -- where he has racked up 57 goals and 55 assists for 112 points with 302 penalty minutes. In 34 career playoff contests with Anaheim, Beleskey registered 13 goals and four assists.

Beleskey has played in 103 total games at the American Hockey League level from 2008-2014, scoring 25 goals and recording 42 assists for 67 points.

The 6'0'', 204-pound native of Windsor, ON was drafted by Anaheim in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Dorchester, MA native Jimmy Hayes played 72 games for the Florida Panthers during the 2014-15 season and recorded 19 goals (third on the team) and 16 assists for 35 points.

In total the 25-year-old forward has competed in 168 NHL games from 2011 to 2015 for both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers, tallying 36 goals and 30 assists for 66 points.

Hayes played three seasons at Boston College from 2008-2011, totaling 42 goals and 39 assists for 81 points in 117 games. In his sophomore season, Hayes competed in all 42 games for the Eagles helping them to the 2010 NCAA National Championship.

Hayes has represented the U.S. in international play winning the Silver Medal in the 2007 U-18 World Junior Championship and also during the 2014 World Championship and 2009 U-20 World Junior Championship.

The 6’6”, 221-pound forward was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (60th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Smith skated in 163 games for Boston from 2013-15, registering 33 goals and 58 assists. 

Savard played in 304 games with Boston from 2006 to 2011, where he racked up 74-231=305 totals.  In 25 playoff games with Boston, Savard scored eight goals and tallied 14 assists for 22 points.

Savard has missed the last four full seasons with post-concussion symptoms. He was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on July 1, 2006.

In 29 games with Boston this season, Ryan Spooner notched eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points with a plus-two rating.  The 23-year-old notched his first NHL goal on February 27 in the Bruins’ overtime win against in New Jersey, becoming just the third Bruin in team history to score his first NHL goal in the extra session (Bernie Morris on January 10, 1925 and Steve Heinze on March 28, 1992). 

Spooner had three multiple point games including his first two, two-goal efforts on March 10 and March 19 against the Senators in his hometown of Ottawa.  The forward had a career-best seven-game point streak, which spanned from February 27 to March 12 where he racked up three goals and five assists. The point-streak was the longest such streak by a Boston rookie since Brad Boyes also scored in seven straight from March 11 to 21, 2006.  

In total, Spooner has appeared in 56 NHL games with Boston between 2012 and 2015, earning eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points.

Spooner split the season with the Providence Bruins (American Hockey league) where the center played in 34 games while scoring eight goals and earning 18 assists. At the AHL level, Spooner has accrued 39-97=136 totals in 150 games.  In 2014, Spooner was selected as a member of the AHL All-Star Team.

The 5’11’’, 181-pound native of Kanata, ONT was selected by Boston in the second round (45th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Jeremy Smith played in 39 regular season games for Providence this season accruing a 22-11-5 record, 2.05 goals against average and a 0.933 save percentage.

At the American Hockey League level, Smith has a record of 109-71-15 in 204 regular season games, recording a career 2.41 goals against average and 0.916 save percentage.

Smith, 26, finished his first season in the Bruins organization after signing with the team as a free agent on July 2, 2014.

Smith played four seasons in the Predators organization from 2009-13 before signing with Columbus as a free agent on July 5, 2013. He played one season in the Blue Jackets organization with their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

The 6-0, 173 lb. native of Detroit, Michigan played three full seasons of junior hockey with Plymouth and Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League, winning an OHL championship with Plymouth in 2007. Nashville’s second pick, 54th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft turned pro in 2009-10, spending most of that season with the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones where he won a Kelly Cup championship while being named co-MVP of that post-season.

Free Agency Conference Call at 9:00 p.m. ET

BRUINS PERSONNEL AVAILABLE: Bruins GM Don Sweeney

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION:

-Title: Boston Bruins Conference Call

-Media Toll Free Dial In #: 888-461-2018

-Conference Call ID/Passcode: 9835667 / 680579

-Time: Wednesday, July 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET

-Who: General Manager Don Sweeney

TRANSACTION: Boston Bruins Sign Matt Beleskey to a five-year contract through the 2019-20 season worth an annual cap figure of $3,800,000. Boston Bruins acquire Jimmy Hayes from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard. Boston Bruins sign forward Ryan Spooner to a two-year contract through the 2016-17 season worth an annual cap figure of $950,000. Bruins sign goaltender Jeremy Smith to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2015-16 season worth an annual cap figure of $600,000 at the NHL level.

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