BOSTON—The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms on contracts with centers Brad Boyes, Ben Guite and Nate Robinson, left wing Eric Healey, right wing Jason MacDonald and defensemen Kevin Dallman and Jonathan Sigalet, it was announced Monday by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell.
Sigalet, a 2005 Boston draft pick, agreed to a three-year contract, foregoing his final two years of college eligibility at Bowling Green State University. Restricted free agents Boyes and Dallman and unrestricted free agents Guite, Robinson, Healey and MacDonald all agreed to one-year deals. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.
Boyes, 23, enters his fourth professional season. He played four years of junior hockey with Erie/OHL with 141-168=309 totals and 152 penalty minutes in 233 career junior games. The 6'1", 195 lb. native of Mississauga, Ontario was drafted by Toronto as their first pick, 24th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He began his first pro season in 2002-03 with Toronto's AHL affiliate in St. John's until his March 5, 2003 trade to San Jose and finished that season in Cleveland/AHL.
He played most of the 2003-04 season in Cleveland, with one scoreless game in San Jose, before coming to the Bruins organization in a March 9, 2004 trade for Jeff Jillson. Boyes played the 2004-05 season in Providence/AHL, finishing second in that team's scoring race with 33-42=75 totals in 80 games and leading the team in playoff goals with 8-7=15 totals in 16 post-season contests. He has scored 30-or-more goals in each of his first pro seasons at the AHL level.
Guite, 27, enters his sixth professional season. He played four years of college hockey at the University of Maine with 47-49=96 totals and 107 penalty minutes in 146 career college games. The 6'1", 205 lb. native of Montreal, Quebec was drafted by Montreal as their eighth pick, 172nd overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and has played in the NY Islanders, Anaheim and NY Rangers organizations.
He played his first pro season in 2000-01 in Tallahassee/ECHL and has played the last four seasons at the AHL level with Bridgeport, Cincinnati and Providence. He played the 2004-05 season with Boston's AHL affiliate in Providence with 9-15=24 totals and 69 penalty minutes in 77 games.
Robinson, 23, enters his fourth professional season. He played four years of junior hockey with Belleville/OHL with 109-126=235 totals and 199 penalty minutes in 244 career junior games. The 5'9", 181 lb. native of Scarborough, Ontario was not drafted by an NHL team, signing as a free agent with Detroit on Oct. 12, 2002. He began the 2002-03 season in Toledo/ECHL with 5-9=14 totals in nine games before moving to the AHL for the past two-plus seasons with Grand Rapids and Syracuse. He split the 2004-05 season between Grand Rapids and Syracuse with 8-16=24 totals in 50 Griffins games and 6-14=20 totals in 19 Crunch contests. He played five scoreless NHL games with two penalty minutes in Detroit in 2003-04.
Healey, 30, enters his eighth professional season. He played four years of college hockey at R.P.I. with 82-86=168 totals and 197 penalty minutes in 143 career college games. The 6'0", 196 lb. native of Hull, Massachusetts was not drafted by an NHL team, signing first as a free agent with Calgary on Sept. 22, 1998 at the conclusion of his college career. He has played the last seven seasons at the AHL, IHL and ECHL levels with Saint John, Orlando, Springfield, Jackson, Manchester, and Chicago in the Calgary, Phoenix and Atlanta organizations. He played the 2004-05 season in the German Elite League with Mannheim, with 16-13=29 totals in 50 games.
MacDonald, 31, enters his 12th full professional season. He played four years of junior hockey with North Bay and Owen Sound of the OHL with 135-146=281 totals and 502 penalty minutes in 238 career junior games, earning OHL Second Team All-Star honors in 1993-94. The 5'11", 210 lb. native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island was drafted by Detroit as their fifth pick, 142nd overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first nine-plus seasons in the AHL, IHL and ECHL with the Detroit, Pittsburgh and NY Rangers organizations, before seeing his first NHL action with four scoreless NY Rangers games in the 2003-04 season. He played the 2004-05 season in St. John's/AHL with 4-8=12 totals and 152 penalty minutes in 29 games.
Dallman, 24, enters his fourth professional season. He played four years of junior hockey with Guelph/OHL with 69-191=260 totals and 246 penalty minutes in 268 career junior games. The 5'11", 195 lb. native of Niagara Falls, Ontario was not drafted by an NHL team and signed as a free agent by Boston on July 18, 2002.
He has played his first three pro seasons with the Bruins' AHL affiliate in Providence, has led club defensemen in scoring in each of his last two years and was named the team's best defenseman in 2004-05. He had eight goals and 26 assists for 34 points in 71 Providence games in 2004-05 and led that team in playoff scoring as well with 4-6=10 totals in 17 post-season games.
Sigalet, 19, enters his first professional season. He played two years of college hockey at Bowling Green State University with 6-25=31 totals and 62 penalty minutes in 72 career college games. The 6'1", 185 lb. native of Vancouver, British Columbia was drafted by the Bruins as their fourth pick, 100th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. His brother, Jordan, a 2001 Bruins draft pick and a teammate at Bowling Green, signed a contract with Boston on August 5th.