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Bruins Sign Sean Kuraly and Anton Blidh

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BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 3, that the team has signed forward Sean Kuraly to a three-year contract through the 2020-21 season with an annual cap hit of $1.275 million. Sweeney also announced that the team has signed forward Anton Blidh to a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL cap hit of $650,000.

Kuraly has spent the first two seasons of his NHL career with the Bruins after being acquired, along with a 2016 first-round pick (Trent Frederic), on July 1, 2015 in a trade that sent goaltender Martin Jones to San Jose. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound center recorded six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 75 games in 2017-18, his first full season in the NHL. He appeared in all 12 of Boston's postseason games, tallying two goals and two assists for four points, while ranking third on the team with a plus-five rating.

The 25-year-old forward has played a total of 83 regular-season games with Boston, accumulating six goals and nine assists for 15 points. He has competed in a total of 14 postseason games, registering four goals and two assists for six points.

Prior to making the jump to the NHL, Kuraly played 54 games in the AHL with the Providence Bruins, scoring 14 goals and adding 12 assists for 26 points.

The Dublin, Ohio native was originally selected by San Jose in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Blidh skated in 71 games with Providence in 2017-18, recording 11 goals and 15 assists for a career-high 26 points and a plus-nine rating. He added two goals in four postseason games, while also making one NHL appearance with Boston on March 19 against Columbus. The 23-year-old winger appeared in 19 games with Boston in 2016-17, tallying one goal and one assist. He also played 53 games with Providence in 2016-17, notching 10 goals and six assists for 16 points and a plus-six rating. In his first professional season with Providence in 2015-16, the 6-foot, 201-pound forward posted 10 goals and four assists for 14 points in 65 appearances.

The Molnlycke, Sweden native was originally selected by the Bruins in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

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