The Bruins rounded out a busy July 1 with the signings of defenseman Cody Goloubef and forward Marc McNeill. These moves may have gotten lost in the shuffle because they might not have been the biggest names available, but both players will add depth to Providence.
#NHLBruins GM Don Sweeney also announced today the signings of defenseman Cody Goloubef and forward Mark McNeill to one-year, two-way contracts worth $650,000 at the NHL level. pic.twitter.com/0IhVUYQolO— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 1, 2018
Goloubef spent the 2017-2018 season with the Stockton Heat of the AHL, and also suited up for Team Canada at the PyeongChang Winter Olmypics, where he won a bronze medal. The 28-year-old has 41 goals and 62 assists in 227 AHL games, and two goals and 21 assists in 129 NHL games.
Goloubef will provide the P-Bruins with some much needed insurance on the right side of their defense, as Connor Clifton was the only righty signed for next season. The veteran Goloubef will also help make up for the loss of Tommy Cross, who signed with Columbus earlier today.
McNeill has only appeared in two NHL games since being drafted 18th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011, but has scored 89 goals and 104 assists in 383 AHL games. Barring any miraculous showing in training camp, the 25-year-old center is likely bound for Providence, where he will help solidify the P-Bruins’ lineup and add some stability to a young team.
The P-Bruins will certainly benefit from the additions of Goloubef and McNeill.